The Bartlett School of Architecture


Book Launch: Mapping Society by Laura Vaughan

02 October 2018, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Detail of Charles Booth's Descriptive Map of London Poverty, 1889

Join Professor Laura Vaughan to celebrate the publication of her book Mapping Society: The Spatial Dimensions of Social Cartography (UCL Press).

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From a rare map of yellow fever in eighteenth-century New York, to Charles Booth’s famous maps of poverty in nineteenth-century London, an Italian racial zoning map of early twentieth-century Asmara, to a map of wealth disparities in the banlieues of twenty-first-century Paris, Mapping Society traces the evolution of social cartography over the past two centuries. In her richly illustrated book, Laura Vaughan examines maps of ethnic or religious difference, poverty, and health inequalities, demonstrating how they not only serve as historical records of social enquiry, but also constitute inscriptions of social patterns that have been etched deeply on the surface of cities.

Laura will be in conversation with Professor Mark Clapson, Professor of Social and Urban History at the University of Westminster, discussing the lessons that can be drawn from the social-spatial patterns of cities. This will be followed by drinks and the opportunity to purchase print copies of the book, additionally available to download free.

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Event image: detail of Charles Booth’s Descriptive Map of London Poverty, 1889. 
Image copyright Cartography Associates, 2000