Representing migration routes spaces: towards an alternative cartographic perspective

Author/s Cinzia Atzeni
Publishing Year 2020 Issue 2020/1 Language Italian
Pages 30 P. 55-84 File size 428 KB
DOI 10.3280/RGI2020-001003
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The ‘traditional maps’ showing migration flows are spread by mass media and institutional channels reaching public opinion. Choosing specific symbols and cartographic variables lead to a simplification of the migratory experience and a de-humanisation of migrant people. Sensitive and participative cartography, focusing on individual experiences, can have positive effects both on the addressee/reader and the author of a map. Within this theoretical framework this paper presents an analysis and a comparison between ‘traditional’ geographical maps and sensitive and subjective cartographies produced by some migrant guys, showing different cartographic points of view of the contemporary migratory routes from sub-Saharan Africa to Europe.

Keywords: Migrations, sensitive cartography, sub-Saharan Africa.

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Cinzia Atzeni, Rappresentare gli spazi delle rotte migratorie: per una prospettiva cartografica alternativa in "RIVISTA GEOGRAFICA ITALIANA" 1/2020, pp 55-84, DOI: 10.3280/RGI2020-001003