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Unformatted text preview: EXAM 1 19:54 What is geography? Describes the earth’s spatial dimensions. Describes how the world differs from place to place. Physical Geography Climates Soils Landforms Human Geography 4 Main Traditions Natural as well as the human world Complicated relationship between human societies and natural environments Try to understand foreign cultures and distant regions Location tradition Asks questions on why things are where they are Sub disciplines Historical geography Past Economic Geography People struggle to make a living Environmental Geography Medical Geography Urban Geography Population Geography Political Geography Religious Geography Cultural Ecology Study of relationship between a cultural group and its geography Cultural Geography Cautions No region is homogenous throughout Regional borders are fuzzy East Asia Southeast Asia Sub Saharan Africa Vernacular Region Typically have vague borders Often a term referred to by the general public Can be based on traits that are real or imagined. They may not even be there. “The South” (United States) “Acadian” (Southern Louisiana) Formal Region Have distinct boundaries constructed by one specific trait Ex. The Mississippi River and its tributaries The Mississippi River Valley Functional Region Based on certain activity or political organization Baton Rouge Globalization Increasing the interconnectedness of people and places through converging processes of economic, political and cultural change. Converging Currents of Globalization Global communication Global transportation Powerful transnational corporations and financial institutions International free trade agreements Market economies and privatization Homogenous global consumer culture Economic inequity, disparities Proponents of Globalization Logical expression of modern international capitalism Economic system wealth and means of producing wealth are privately owned and controlled rather than public or state controlled. New wealth will trickle down from rich to poor (countries and individuals) Will spread benefits of new ideas and technologies Countries can produce goods best suited to them Need to attract capital from abroad will force countries to adopt sound economic policies. World’s poor countries will catch up to rich ones Opponents of Globalization Not “natural”; economic policy promoted by core countries results in inequities between “haves” and “have-nots” Promotes free-market, export-oriented economies at expense of localized, sustainable economies “Free market” economic model promoted for developing countries is not the one that Western industrial countries used for their own development; instead, government intervention shaped investment in core countries...
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This note was uploaded on 10/07/2011 for the course GEOG 1003 taught by Professor Patzewitsch during the Fall '08 term at LSU.

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