Geog 3: Notes week 1 Continued and Week 2
Lecture 3 and 4
3) Law’s piece: about Filipina migrant workers in Hong Kong…
Creation of Little Manila: sensory landscape = evocation of place through senses such as
smell, taste, and sound. The original positioning within Hong Kong account of their
vulnerable citizenships and labor status is part of how and when they have come to create
their ‘sensory landscape. Their community gathering displayed by the Filipino migrant
workers embed a politics of resistance.
4) Basso: memory, language and place. Place-world: world ties to and imagined through
place. Different relationship to the land/landscape from the dominant Anglo/American
viewpoint: the Apache do not have maps – maps leave only English name – topographic
map based on Apache forms of naming places.
“Our ancestors made this name. They made it just as it is. They made it for a reason. They
spoke first, a long time ago. He’s repeating the speech of our ancestors (Basso, p. 10).
Form of naming by Apache:
1) In some cases they describe the place with rich and descriptive imagery;
2) In other place, place-name offer evidence of change in the landscape;
3) In some places, name commemorates things or important events – example: Shades of
Shit, which tells a story about the repercussion of refusing to share with your relatives.
Spatial conception of history: way of understanding the past in relation to specific places.
These four pieces helps to understand places beyond the ‘visual’ – experiencing places
through the senses: hearing, smelling, etc.
Politics of location: what it is at stake.
How we/our bodies are situated/positioned/located in relation to others on account of a
number of different factors, including, gender, race, class, social status, etc. The politics of
location shape people embodied experience of and in relationship to place.
Topic: The Rules of Place: Schools, Cities, and Shopping Malls as Landscapes of
Power and Difference
What kinds of cultural understandings and conventions inform spatial formations?
How do organizations of space and place shape people’s experiences, behaviors, and
The arrangement or pattern of things on land: the look or style of the land, the shape and
structure of a place. Landscape, like space and place embodies social processes.