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Bushmanders and Bullwinkles : How Politicians Manipulate Electronic Maps and Census Data to Win Elections - 01 edition

Bushmanders and Bullwinkles : How Politicians Manipulate Electronic Maps and Census Data to Win Elections (ISBN10: 0226534243; ISBN13: 9780226534244)
ISBN13: 978-0226534244
ISBN10: 0226534243

Summary: For years Mark Monmonier, ''a prose stylist of no mean ability or charm'' according to theWashington Post, has delighted readers with his insightful understanding of cartography as an art and technology that is both deceptive and revealing. Now he turns his focus to the story of political cartography and the redrawing of congressional districts. His titleBushmanders and Bullwinklescombinesgerrymanderwith the surname of the president who actively tolerated racial gerrymandering and dr
aws attention to the ridiculously shaped congressional districts that evoke the antlers of the moose who shared the cartoon spotlight with Rocky the Flying Squirrel. Written from the perspective of a cartographer rather than a political scientist,Bushmanders and Bullwinklesexamines the political tales maps tell when votes and power are at stake. Monmonier shows how redistricting committees carve out favorable election districts for themselves and their allies; how disgruntled politicians use shape to challenge alleged racial gerrymanders; and how geographic information systems can make reapportionment a controversial process with outrageous products. He also explores controversies over the proper roles of natural boundaries, media maps, census enumeration, and ethnic identity. Raising important questions about Supreme Court decisions in regulating redistricting, Monmonier asks if the focus on form rather than function may be little more than a distraction from larger issues like election reform. Characterized by the same wit and clarity as Monmonier's previous books,Bushmanders and Bullwinklesis essential background for understanding what might prove the most contentious political debate of the new decade.
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Summary: For years Mark Monmonier, ''a prose stylist of no mean ability or charm'' according to theWashington Post, has delighted readers with his insightful understanding of cartography as an art and technology that is both deceptive and revealing. Now he turns his focus to the story of political cartography and the redrawing of congressional districts. His titleBushmanders and Bullwinklescombinesgerrymanderwith the surname of the president who actively tolerated racial gerrymandering and draws attention to the ridiculously shaped congressional districts that evoke the antlers of the moose who shared the cartoon spotlight with Rocky the Flying Squirrel. Written from the perspective of a cartographer rather than a political scientist,Bushmanders and Bullwinklesexamines the political tales maps tell when votes and power are at stake. Monmonier shows how redistricting committees carve out favorable election districts for themselves and their allies; how disgruntled politicians use shape to challenge alleged racial gerrymanders; and how geographic information systems can make reapportionment a controversial process with outrageous products. He also explores controversies over the proper roles of natural boundaries, media maps, census enumeration, and ethnic identity. Raising important questions about Supreme Court decisions in regulating redistricting, Monmonier asks if the focus on form rather than function may be little more than a distraction from larger issues like election reform. Characterized by the same wit and clarity as Monmonier's previous books,Bushmanders and Bullwinklesis essential background for understanding what might prove the most contentious political debate of the new decade. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 01
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Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Year Published: 2001
International: No

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