Mapping: a Critical Introduction to Cartography and GIS, by Jeremy W. Crampton. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Academic Article uri icon


  • is above all about questioning. Although mapping, cartography and GIS are indeed the thematic core of this book, if one word is to be chosen to highlight its title it would be critical. The book questions the importance of mapping, cartography and GIS in life and science while demonstrating this value through different aspects of human geography and particularly political geography. Why is such a book of necessity nowadays? The author provides two arguments:(i) there is lack of discussion of mapping, cartography and GIS in today's prominent textbooks on cultural, political or social geography; and (ii) apparently cartographers and GIS people do not remain debtor and they do not apply their methodologies often for political, power and social geography. Elsewhere we have published in Geography Research Forum a special issue on GIS, remote sensing and …

publication date

  • January 1, 2016