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NUNEZ GONZALEZ, Andrés; ZAMBRA-ALVAREZ, Antonia  and  ALISTE ALMUNA, Enrique. The power of maps, the maps of power: The construction of geographic knowledge about Patagonia-Aysén. Universum [online]. 2017, vol.32, n.2, pp.149-162. ISSN 0718-2376.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-23762017000200149.

This article discusses how certain maps and cartographic representations, associated to hegemonic discourses, have participated in the processes of territorial formation and imagined geographies of Patagonia-Aysén. During the 20th century and so far during the 21st century too, Patagonia-Aysén has been a space conceived from a centre-periphery logic. The discursive practices associated to this logic have established particular forms of representation of the region, which have passed to the geographical knowledge of the nation. From an hermeneutical perspective, the analysis of maps becomes an important element to explain and comprehend where does the construction of this imagined Patagonia come from. Our aim was the deconstruction and reconstruction of the discourse behind certain cartographical representations which where elaborated in different historical-geographical contexts.

Keywords : Maps; geographical imaginary; philosophical hermeneutic; knowledge; power.

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