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The Political Mapping of Cyberspace

Jeremy Crampton


This book is about the politics of cyberspace. It shows that cyberspace is no mere virtual reality but a rich geography of practices and power relations. Using concepts and methods derived from the work of Michel Foucault, Jeremy Crampton explores the construction of digital subjectivity, web identity and authenticity, as well as the nature and consequences of the digital divide between the connected and those abandoned in limbo. He demonstrates that it is by processes of mapping that we understand cyberspace and in doing so delineates the critical role maps play in constructing cyberspace as an object of knowledge. Maps, he argues, shape political thinking about cyberspace, and he deploys in-depth case studies of crime mapping, security and geo-surveillance to show how we map ourselves onto cyberspace, inexorably and indelibly.

Clearly argued and vigorously written, this book offers a powerful reinterpretation of cyberspace, politics and contemporary life.


Acknowledgements 00
Introduction 00
1 Being Virtually There: The Spatial Problematics of "Cyberspace" 00
Part I: "Cartographic Power-Knowledges"
2 The History of Cyberspace Mapping 00
3 The Politics of Mapping Cyberspace 00
Part II: "Technologies of the Self"
4 Authenticity and Authentication 00
5 Confession and Parrhesia 00
Part III: "Case Studies in the Production of Cyberspace"
6 Disciplinary Cyberspaces 00
7 Geographies of the Digital Divide 00
8 Positivities of Power, Possibilities of Pleasure 00
Notes 00
Index 00.

About the Author

Jeremy W. Crampton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Geography at Georgia State University. He received his PhD in 1994 from Penn State University. He is the author of numerous articles on social and technical aspects of mapping. He lives in Atlanta.


A timely book