Historical Cartographies of Alcohol

Since their invention in the 19th century, thematic maps have been widely used to map what bourgeois authors perceived as social ills and moral lapses. The rapidly growing cities in particular seemed to these authors to be places associated with problematic behaviour and problematic people. Alcohol was high on the list of these urban vices. This collection brings together historical maps about alcohol in order to contribute to a critical cartography of the consumption of alcohol in urban public space. While most maps originated in the context of the various temperance movements, some are also counter maps and maps that tried to challenge these depictions.
Curated by Boris Michel

Title

Historical Cartographies of Alcohol

Abstract

Since their invention in the 19th century, thematic maps have been widely used to map what bourgeois authors perceived as social ills and moral lapses.

Description

Since their invention in the 19th century, thematic maps have been widely used to map what bourgeois authors perceived as social ills and moral lapses. The rapidly growing cities in particular seemed to these authors to be places associated with problematic behaviour and problematic people. Alcohol was high on the list of these urban vices.
This collection brings together historical maps about alcohol in order to contribute to a critical cartography of the consumption of alcohol in urban public space.
While most maps originated in the context of the various temperance movements, some are also counter maps and maps that tried to challenge these depictions.

Creator

Boris Michel

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