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Unformatted text preview: 1 1 Geog 4712: Political Geography Spring 2008 Lecture 2: What is Political Geography? 2 What is geography? • Literal meaning: • Geo = earth • Graphy = writing • Two branches of geography: physical and human. • Human geography focuses on the study of processes that shape human interaction with the natural environment, with particular reference to the consequences resulting from the spatial distribution of human activity on the Earth's surface. 3 Question: Why is the control of ‘earth-writing’ important? “Geography was not something already possessed by the earth but an active writing of the earth by an expanding, centralizing imperial state . It was not a noun but a verb, a geo-graphing , an earth-writing by ambitious…states who sought to seize space and organize it to fit their own cultural visions and material interests.”-- Ó Tuathail 1996, p. 2 Geography is inherently political- Evolved as a tool of the powerful- This means geographies are contested 2 4 Five key concepts in political geography • Place - space is organized into places often thought of as bounded settings in which social relations and identities are constituted. Places can be formal, i.e. Colorado, or informal, such as a coffee shop. • Space – an abstract notion. Spaces are defined by the social meaning instilled on them by human actors....
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This note was uploaded on 05/02/2008 for the course GEOG 4712 taught by Professor Antonsich, during the Spring '08 term at Colorado.
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