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Textbook Notes 14/10/2010 12:22:00 Chapter 5  Cultural Geographies  Culture as a Geographical Process  Geographers seek to understand manifestations and impacts of culture on  geography and of geography on culture Anthropologists concerned with ways in which culture is created and  maintained by human groups Term culture is used to describe the range of activities that characterize a  particular group (working-class, corporate, teenage)  Culture: shared set of meanings that are lived through the material and  symbolic practices of everyday life  Cultural geography: focuses on the way in which pace, place, and landscape  shape culture at the same time that culture shapes space, place and  landscape o Culture is an ongoing process of producing a shared set of meanings  and practices while geography is the dynamic setting that groups  operate in to shape those meanings and practices in the process to  form and identity Folk Culture: the traditional practices of small groups, especially rural people  with a simple lifestyle, seen to be homogeneous in thir belief systems and  practices  Popular Culture: the practices and meaning systems produced by large  groups of people whose norms and tastes are often heterogeneous and  change frequently, often in response to commercial products  Culture is an overarching process that is shaped by and shapes politics,  economy, and society  Building Cultural Complexes Cultural landscape: characteristic and tangible outcome o the complex  interactions between a human group and its natural environment Historical geography: the geography of the past Genre de vie: (France) functionally organized way of life that has seen to be  characteristic of a particular culture group   Culture Trait: a single aspect of the complex of routine practices that  constitute a particular cultural group o Jews don’t eat pork
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Rites of Passage: ceremonial acts, customs, practices or procedures that  recognize key transitions in human life o Birth, menstruation Culture Complex: combination of traits characteristic of a particular group 
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