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Long Street: A Map of Post-Apartheid Cape Town

Department of Anthropology, Arthur Lewis Building School of Social Sciences, The University of Manchester, Manchester M13, UK
Academic Editor: Les Roberts
Humanities 2015, 4(3), 436-456;
Received: 2 July 2015 / Revised: 28 August 2015 / Accepted: 6 September 2015 / Published: 11 September 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Deep Mapping)
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No map fully coincides with the territory it represents. If the map and territory do not coincide, what can the map capture of the territory? According to Bateson, the answer is its differences. Drawing from Gregory Bateson’s ideas, we can envision an ethnographic representation of the city through which we can represent the urban territory through the different ways its inhabitants perceive it. In this article, I describe the process that led me to build a map of post-apartheid Cape Town from Long Street. I took inspiration from Bateson’s book Naven and compared it with the District Six Museum map in Cape Town with the objective of representing post-apartheid Cape Town through its differences. View Full-Text
Keywords: Gregory Bateson; map and territory; city; post-apartheid; Cape Town; Long Street; differences; District Six Museum Gregory Bateson; map and territory; city; post-apartheid; Cape Town; Long Street; differences; District Six Museum

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