GEOG101Topic9

GEOG101Topic9 - GEOGRAPHY 101 UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI...

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GEOGRAPHY 101 UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI FALL 2007 TOPIC 9 – ETHNICITY, RESOURCES, TERRITORY AND CONFLICT: ASPECTS OF POLITICS AND GEOGRAPHY Politics is the way that a society organizes power, makes decisions, and enforces shared ideas of acceptable behavior. Political geography concerns the characteristics and processes of politics in societies, such as governments, systems of laws, military and police forces, and their spatial distribution. In this topic, we will also examine the links between ethnicity and territory that underlie many modern conflicts. T OPIC G OALS Learn that many countries or states today are “multinational” and contain peoples with “alternative” forms of political organization and rival ideas of the landscape Appreciate how non-state societies – such as tribal societies – play important roles in today’s geopolitical context Understand that the identities (ethnicity) of societies are rooted in their landscapes and that a specific landscape may have contrasting – and sometimes conflicting –
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