Ripping up the map: Criminology and cartography reconsidered

Kindynis, T. 2014. Ripping up the map: Criminology and cartography reconsidered. British Journal of Criminology, 54(2), pp. 222-243. ISSN 0007-0955 [Article]

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Criminologists have long been interested in mapping crime, yet their use and understanding of maps remain superficial and uncritical. This article traces crime mapping’s historical development before considering the emergence of ‘critical cartography’ and exploring its implications for criminology. Criminologists are urged to interrogate conventional crime maps, and to investigate the criminological implications of emergent digital mapping technologies. Maps and map making afford a host of innovative methodologies that criminologists have yet to take advantage of, and some tentative suggestions are made as to how criminologists might utilize cartographic methods in order to generate unique empirical insights. Finally, the article considers how criminologists might harness maps’ communicative power to better engage with the public and to promote social justice.

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12 April 2013Accepted
5 February 2014Published Online
1 March 2014Published

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