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The transitional functions of mapping: psychoanalytic perspectives on a research with maps

Monteiro, Giovana Helena de Miranda; (2020) The transitional functions of mapping: psychoanalytic perspectives on a research with maps. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This thesis explores the working with maps and the agency and effects of mapping. It aims to inspect on what basis mapping qualifies as one critical spatial practice. The theory of participatory mapping tends to overlook its account for the functioning of mapping as experience. This account is crucial since maps and mapping can assign the power they are assumed to have. It means to ask, from the standpoint of a transdisciplinary perspective informed by the theory and practice of psychoanalysis, what are the functions of mapping and the work of and with maps. To make sense of these functions, I devise categories through which to approach maps, mapping and their effects. A better knowledge of these enables researchers, educators, and academics to grasp the complexities and potentials of mapping as a method for participatory initiatives. From a practice of mapping in which the dwellers of an informal urban settlement became mapmakers, I glimpsed the functioning of mapping as chinks and catalysts through which to transform realities. This thesis shows mapping being applied as a practice of space and as a dialogic participatory method. This research applied three methods: i) semi-structured mapping interviews in which the respondent interacts with a paper basemap; ii) transect walks; iii) participatory photography. These methods form a descriptive, experimental, qualitative research focused on the discovery and observation of phenomena. The significance of this study is that it improves the theoretical and empirical grasp of how maps and mapping function. It shows that they catalyse the representations in space, channelling, along the process, the mapmakers’ recognition of their objective and subjective circumstances. The categories outlined here about the transitional functions of mapping provide to future applications in which the agency of maps and mapping can contribute to the mapmakers’ transformation of their realities.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: The transitional functions of mapping: psychoanalytic perspectives on a research with maps
Event: UCL
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2020. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
Keywords: mapping, transitional, psychoanalysis, informal settlement, critical spatial practice
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Development Planning Unit
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10093842
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