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C2 - Cultural Landscapes Landscapes are a reciprocal medium...

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Cultural Landscapes Landscapes are a reciprocal medium of culture Culture sculpts and is then shaped by the landscape it sculpts Geographers “read” the landscape and what it reveals about culture as historians read written documents
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We will be looking at ways culture relates to population, spatial distributions, and scale
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Culture can be dynamic at two scales : Small, homogeneous groups at a local scale or rural scale practicing similar traits That is, folk culture .
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Folk or Local Culture: A group of people in a particular place who see themselves as a collective or a community, who share experiences, customs, and traits, and who work to preserve those traits and customs in order to claim uniqueness and to distinguish themselves from others.
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Local Cultures often have two goals: 1. keeping other cultures out to avoid assimilation . (ie. create a boundary around itself) 2. keeping their own culture in. (ie. avoid cultural appropriation -the adoption of customs by other cultures)
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Culture can be dynamic at two scales : Small, homogeneous groups at a local scale or rural scale practicing similar traits That is, folk culture . Large, heterogeneous societies that share certain habits despite differences in other personal characteristics That is, popular culture .
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Popular Culture: A wide-ranging group of heterogeneous people, who stretch across identities and across the world, and who embrace cultural traits such as music, dance, clothing, and food preference that change frequently and are ubiquitous on the cultural landscape.
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