Conclusion: Cartography Is a Martial Art

Authored by: Nicolas Lambert , Christine Zanin

Practical Handbook of Thematic Cartography

Print publication date:  May  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367261290
eBook ISBN: 9780429291968
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9780429291968-16

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Abstract

Geography maps are today part of our daily lives. We see them on television, in newspapers, and on the internet – they describe facts, they explain the facts, and they help to understand them. By portraying arguments, they also serve to defend or contest this or that view of the world. Indeed, the complexity of the world cannot be reduced to a consensual representation of some sort that could be accepted by all. To be useful and to serve to back up argument in a debate, maps need to be plural. The confrontation of maps makes us reflect and enables each of us to form an opinion. In fact, to be useful, a map needs this plurality and even a degree of controversy.

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