GEOG 1000 - Lecture 6 - Sept. 28, 2011

GEOG 1000 - Lecture 6 - Sept. 28, 2011 - Popular Images of...

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Popular Images of Africa: “Wilderness” Africa as “wilderness” - Positive stereotype Philosophical Foundations of “Wilderness” - Ominous (pre 1850s) - Begins to change around 1850s and begins to take on the meaning of sublime - Sublime – a religious place where you can feel god - Nostalgia and anti-modern sentiment - Want to go back to simpler times - The closing of the American frontier - As Europeans moved across the US they were bringing factories and cities - Taking over wild spaces loses what it means to be American - Saving Americas “wild” character The National Park Ideal - Series of assumptions that shape that national parks - One is that you can save nature - Assumption that people shouldn’t belong in these spaces - Place where you visit Wilderness Exported to the African Colonies - Rationales: conservation, justified colonial control of land, sport hunting and adventure, colonial sensibilities: Africa as Europe’s frontier - Creating reserves in their colonies from the ideas of the US
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2012 for the course GEOG 1000 taught by Professor Steveneflusty during the Spring '08 term at York University.

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GEOG 1000 - Lecture 6 - Sept. 28, 2011 - Popular Images of...

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