debating about whether it should be globalized Significant shift US was 1 in

Debating about whether it should be globalized

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Significant shift = US was #1 in everything, but got used to it in the past 100 years - it's changing = Asia - rise of China, India, Japan - moving into a new era/need to know about the world A Plan for Understanding the World Tool #1. organize geographically = think spatially : ask "where" - facts that mean nothing if don't know the "where" there are over a billion people in China -> where? -> mostly in the east AIDS is rapidly spreading disease -> where? -> South Africa Oil -> where? -> know the flow of oil Cocaine -> South America to the US - even abstract ideas can be studied spatially (ex. love) - someone near you have much higher % to fall in love Tool #2. Region - a identified named space A: Area B: borders/boundaries - human populations, "Midwest" = very fuzzy boundaries C: Some homogeneous trait - what's same here that's different in other places - physical world feature = everything on earth except human - animal, biome, climate, bodies of water - human/cultural features - language, dress, diet, religion, interaction with nature - both features are put together to make generalizations
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Tool #3. Generalization (mostly, roughly, there're exceptions) - Middle East = Muslim, except Israel (Jews) Tool #4. Scale - how big or how small of an area we're talking about - the larger area that you generalize about, more exceptions Definitions of regions by Prof. Boyer = North Am, Mexico, Central Am, Caribbean, South Am, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, Middle East, Turkey, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, South Asia, East Asia (China is split), Southeast Asia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand
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