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Human Geography: A Cultural Approach Geography 103 8 September, 2011
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Outline Key principles and terms in approaching human geography: Geography itself and the use of maps Space, place, and location Cultural regions Mobility Globalization Landscape
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2 Myths About Geography Geographers make and study maps A map is a representation of reality
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Geography? Greek: “to describe the earth” “the why of where” Four traditions: Human: economic, cultural, social, political, feminist, urban Physical: geomorphology, hydrology, climatology Nature-Society: hazards, environmental perception Cartography: GIS, remote sensing
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Maps? A map is just a tool—for us, not an end in itself All maps lie
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Which is more correct?
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Maps? A map is only accurate insofar as it serves the map’s intended purpose
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Is this map wrong?
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Maps? "Most people tend to assume that a well prepared map tells the truth. However, as with everything else, maps are made to serve particular purposes in specific social, cultural, economic and political settings. They edit, transform and remake the world in a way that suits the interests to hand" (Doel, 2003, p. 509).
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