Chapter 1 - Chapter 1- geography Matters I. Why places...

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Chapter 1- geography Matters I. Why places matter a. Intro i. Human Geography-recognizing and understanding interdependence among places and regions w/o losing sight of the uniqueness of specific places ii. Places- specific geographic settings w/ distinctive physical, social, and cultural attributes iii. Regions- territories that encompass many places b. Influence and meaning of places i. Social relations- patterns of interaction among family members, at work, in social life, in leisure activities, and in political activity ii. Socially constructed - places given different meanings by different groups for different purposes iii. Peoples identity- the sense that ppl make of themselves through their subjective feelings based on their everyday experiences and wider social relations iv. Places are settings for social interaction 1. Structure daily routines of ppls economic and social lives 2. Provide opportunities and constraints in terms of ppls long-term social well-being 3. Provide a context in which everyday commonsense knowledge and experience are gathered 4. Provide a setting for processes of socialization 5. Provide an arena for contesting social norms c. The interdependence of places i. Interdependent- filling specialized roles in complex and ever changing geographies ii. Interdependence means places are tied into wider processes of change that are reflected in broader geographical patterns d. The interdependence of Geographic scales i. Scale represents a tangible partitioning of space within which different processes (economic, social, political, etc.) are played out ii. World Regions- large scale geographic divisions based on continental and physiographic settings that contain major groupings of peoples with broadly similar cultural
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attributes iii. red= World Economy (subdivided into core, semiperiphery, and periphery), Green= World regions (major clusters of humankind with broadly similar cultural attributes, Pink= National states (subdivided into de jure regions or functional regions), Blue= Human Settlements (The world of experience: community, home, body) iv. Superimposed on these world regions are the de jure territories of national states 1. States- interdependent political units with territorial boundaries that are recognized by other states 2. De jure means legally recognized 3. De jure examples- territories delimited by formal, legally recognized boundaries- national states, provinces, states, countries, municipalities, etc v. Supranational organizations- collections of individual states with a common goal that may be economic and/or political in nature and that diminish, to some extent, individual state sovereignty in favor of the group interests of the membership 1. When economic circumstances change, national states may feel the need to adjust boundaries OR seek other means of accommodating to economic reality such as joining supranational organizations 2. EX: the European Union (EU), the North American Free Trade Association (NAFTA), and
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2009 for the course GEOG 1101 taught by Professor Connor during the Fall '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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