Map alignment and orientation

…while we assume we know what any particular human action is and what it looks like and then quickly jump to what cognitive ability could have lain behind it, such an arrogant assumption has allowed us to pass by quite what the thing is that we began with. In other words, we think we know what map use, wayfinding and navigation in the world are, but really we are only beginning our inquiries.

The closing lines of Laurier and Brown (2008) ‘Rotating maps and readers: praxiological aspects of alignment and orientation’ Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 33 (2): 201-216. Although the Transactions version is subscription only (here), there is another (presumably earlier) version available open-access here.

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