1Geog - G eography 1001 Geography S tudy of spatial...

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Geography 1001 Geography - Study of spatial variation of how & why things differ from place to place on surface of earth. - Study of how people make the world into their home. How we change an abstract space into a unique, meaningful place. We leave our own cultural imprints in making places our own, then we spread our ideas to other places. We modify the world to fit our needs. We interact with the environment. We create cultural landscapes – the visible and material expressions of human settlement both in the past and present. - Field that links the social sciences with the physical sciences. - Connections and links between different places. Geographers – Study natural phenomena (hurricanes) as well as human creations (cities) and are guided in that study by their special perspective. Historians focus on time and chronology, when things happen. Geographers focus on where things happen. - Many travel the world, but some conduct their research from home. 5 Motivations for Learning about Other Cultures 1. Curiosity (to explore, science) 2. Economics and Politics (colonialism, resources like gold or bananas, power/control) 3. Religion (crusades, missionary work, converting others, helping others) 4. Secular (commitment to help or improve other places, peace corps, doctors without borders, not for religious purposes) 5. Fantasy (an imagined reality, the tale of Atlantis, the 7 cities of gold, paradise on earth) Barbarians – anybody who is not “us.” Ancient Greeks divided world into “us and them.” This way of thought infiltrated the 5 motivations for leaning of other cultures. Europeans inherited these Greek ideas when they began exploring in the 1400s. World Regions Defined by physical characteristics, human features – culturally Regional borders are fuzzy, not defined Culture - Learned, shared, binds people together in what we recognize as a way of life. - Dynamic not static – changes/adapts to new influences and changing conditions at diff. rates, speeds, times - Clothes, food, language, drinks, music, technology, literature, government, holidays, religion, architecture, customs, sports, landscape, education, weather, values, morals, work habits, leisure, living styles, art, traditions 5 Dimensions of Cultural Flows 1. movement of people (tourism and migrations)
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2. movement of technology 3. movement of media images 4. movement of capital and commodities 5. movement of ideology (ways of thinking/organizing, gov., religions, politics, economics)
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This note was uploaded on 10/01/2010 for the course GEOG 1001 taught by Professor Baksi during the Spring '07 term at LSU.

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1Geog - G eography 1001 Geography S tudy of spatial...

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