Geog3L2-2011Outline - How can we understand the making of...

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Geog 3 2011 Lecture 2 Outline I. What do we mean by “culture”? And how can we think about the relationships between culture and place? Culture: the totality of behavior patterns, ways of living and thinking, everyday practices, arts, beliefs, morals, institutions, and all other products of work and thought that figure in human life. 1) Thinking about “culture” helps us challenge purely individualistic understandings of the world. It helps us understand how peoples’ lives are shaped by social forces that preceded and exceed them. Discussion of Emile Durkheim and the “social.” 2) Thinking about “culture” helps us challenge biological and environmental determinism. Discussions of Franz Boas and Carl Sauer. While we build on their contributions, our understandings of culture today are a little different. Now we ask questions like: How and why do different ways of thinking and being, different kinds of social ideas and practices, take shape in different places?
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Unformatted text preview: How can we understand the making of “culture,” and specifically “the geographical constitution of culture”? Discussion of how Doreen Massey helps us answer these questions. According to Massey we have to understand all cultural forms as: 1) hybrid 2) produced through processes of interaction 3) contingent (i.e., historically specific and constantly changing) 4) involving connections among multiple scales (i.e., the local, the national, the global) 5) shaped by relations of power II. What shapes our experiences of and relationships to places? Discussion of the most intimate of spaces: our bodies 1) Kevin Hetherington’s piece is about what a museum means to a woman in the United Kingdom he calls “Sarah.” 2) Steven Feld’s piece is about the Kaluli people who live in the rainforest on the Great Papuan Plateau in PNG. 1 3) Lisa Law’s piece is about Filipina migrant workers in Hong Kong. 2...
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This note was uploaded on 03/28/2011 for the course GEOG 3 taught by Professor Tallon during the Winter '06 term at UCLA.

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