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Geography Strikes Back

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To understand today's global conflicts, forget economics and technology and take a hard look at a map, writes Robert D. Kaplan.

 

This is a timely article that shows the importance of geography in understanding current events throughout the world.  Also included in this link are videos and pictures connected to an interactive map that highlights a few global conflicts.  Students would benefit from reading this article in preparation for completing a news article assignment.  Geographic context always matters; it might not tell the whole story but it will certainly shape it.   

 

Tags: Geography, GeographyEducation, Unit 1 GeoPrinciples.


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Andrew Shears, PhD's comment, September 9, 2012 9:41 AM
Really good critical reaction to this piece from Derek Gregory: http://geographicalimaginations.com/2012/09/08/geography-strikes-back/
Seth Dixon's comment, December 11, 2012 8:37 AM
Thanks for sharing that article Andy, I'm just seeing it now!
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PhD Scholarships in Computer Science, Economics, Political History, Management and Development of Cultural Heritage jobs, unspecified | Guardian Jobs

PhD Scholarships in Computer Science, Economics, Political History, Management and Development of Cultural Heritage jobs, unspecified | Guardian Jobs | A Geographer's Scrapbook | Scoop.it
PhD Scholarships in Computer Science, Economics, Political History, Management and Development of Cultural Heritage

IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca (www.imtlucca.it) is accepting applications, from extremely motivated students oriented towards dynamic and highly applicative research opportunities, for 36 fully-funded positions in its 2013 Doctoral Research Program.

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Security of geography/geography of security - Philo - 2011 - Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers - Wiley Online Library

Security of geography/geography of security - Philo - 2011 - Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers - Wiley Online Library | A Geographer's Scrapbook | Scoop.it

This Virtual Issue draws together recent papers from Area, The Geographical Journal and Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers (the journals of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)). Chris Philo (University of Glasgow) leads the list with a paper on the theme, also that of the RGS-IBG's Annual Conference in 2012, providing his perspective as to why geographers should be working on both, interrelated, subjects. The other articles showcase the breadth and depth of this theme through a wide range of geographical elements of security, including hazards, geopolitics, resource security, climate change and financial crisis; and papers on the state of geography as a discipline, which traverse publishing, contemporary agendas and occupations.

Alison Blunt (Editor, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers), Klaus Dodds (Editor, The Geographical Journal), Kevin Ward (Editor, Area), Paul Wood (Co-Editor, Area) and Madeleine Hatfield (Managing Editor at the RGS-IBG)

Security of geography/geography of security
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5 Stupidest Things Ever Done With Borders

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Where you find a border, you usually find somebody pissed off about it.

 

Disclaimer: This article is more glib and crude in its language than I typically post.  However there is some great insight in this article about the curiosities that can occur on the borders that merits inclusion here.  Enclaves, walls, roads, glaciers, and tables all play prominent roles in these 5 quirky borders. 


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Ms. Harrington's comment, July 24, 2012 3:48 PM
Wow, I never knew border issues like this existed! Some are strange, but they live with the issue, like Canusa and the Netherlands/Belgium. Some are high tension, like Pakistan and India. I guess some of these issues are inevitable, the border has to go somewhere, and people over hundreds of years have moved outward.
Don Brown Jr's comment, July 25, 2012 4:09 PM
Although some of these boarders were established for security reasons, many more like the one along the American boarder seem to be constructed for more symbolic purposes as a physiological rather than a physical barrier.
Gregory S Sankey Jr.'s curator insight, December 4, 2013 12:24 PM

Within this article the author said it well, referencing that although these borders just seem silly and "stupid" to us, those who live within these boundaries must have an incredibly frustrating life. Having to hop three-four borders to get to the mainland of your country sounds completely crazy. I'm glad I live in Rhode Island.

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Geography - Wiley-Blackwell - FREE access to the articles most cited

FREE access to the articles
most cited by your colleagues from each of our journals ranked in the
fields of Geography and Physical Geography by ISI.

Click each article title below to instantly access the full-text version.

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Teaching introductory cultural geography with film analysis

Teaching introductory cultural geography with film analysis | A Geographer's Scrapbook | Scoop.it
For the past two or three years (I change my syllabi too frequently) I’ve been teaching my introductory cultural geography course so as to emphasize how cultural geography is done over survey...
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Maps of the Future

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A 1989 prediction about portable GPS devices was right on the money...

 

As technology continues to speed ahead, how we interact with maps will keep evolving.  This is a thoughtful blog post that spectulates about the future of mapping. 


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In AP Human Geo., this relates to the concepts of GIS, GPS, and mapping, because it indicates that technology will continue to play a significant role in morphing the utility and function of maps in the future.

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Analysis: Geography, not economy, counts in China's rebalancing

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XI'AN , China (Reuters) - A gleaming new $1.4 billion airport extension, a $5.2 billion bullet train and Samsung's planned $7 billion electronics plant, touted as the largest single high-tech foreign investment in China, are sure signs of...
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Geography can open whole world to you - The Times of India

Geography can open whole world to you - The Times of India | A Geographer's Scrapbook | Scoop.it
If you're wondering where in the world geography can take you, well, it looks like there’s a whole world out there.
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What can you do with geography?

We all know that geography is important; but what can you do with it? As students across the country prepare for the 2012 National Geographic Bee, we've expl...
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California Italian Studies Journal [eScholarship]

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Italy in the Mediterranean

 

 

Interesting journal on-line.


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Who Killed Men's Hats? Think Of A Three Letter Word Beginning With 'I' : NPR

Who Killed Men's Hats? Think Of A Three Letter Word Beginning With 'I' : NPR | A Geographer's Scrapbook | Scoop.it
A hundred years ago men didn't leave home without a hat. Today, the man's hat hat is a rarity. Robert Krulwich, and his hat-maker father, Allen S. Krulwich, have a theory on the demise of the hat.
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Old Maps Online

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A beautifully made search engine for old maps. A great resource for history and geography projects. Just scroll or search the location and choose the map you wish to view.

http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/History


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Media Fields Journal - Scale in the Media Theory of Marshall McLuhan

Facebook’s global scale, combined with the quantity of personal information its users entrust to it, suggests a movement toward a form of universal connectivity that is truly new in human society. The social philosopher and media theorist Marshall McLuhan is a favorite at the company. He coined the term “the global village.”

—David Kirkpatrick, The Facebook Effect

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I'd have to be mad to leave here, they said - and they were right

I'd have to be mad to leave here, they said - and they were right | A Geographer's Scrapbook | Scoop.it

'(A) taxonomy on the forces that are making it increasingly unpleasant to be an academic in the US right now. I pointed to the difficulty of making a tangible, positive difference in the world; struggles with workload and life balance; increasing centralisation of power into university administrations and decrease in autonomy for professors; a strained funding climate that is trapping academics between dwindling federal funding and intensifying university pressure-to-be-funded; specialisation, narrowness of vision and risk aversion within academic disciplines; poor incentive structures; moves towards the mass production and automation of education; salary disparities between the academy and industry; and the rise of anti-intellectualism and anti-education sentiment in the US. It turned into not just a dissection of dissatisfactions with the system, but a cry of loss for a beautiful institution that I have loved and outrage at the forces that are eroding it.'

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Eyal Weizman – Mengele’s Skull and Forensic Architecture

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Eyal Weizman’s The Least of All Possible Evils is getting much attention at the moment, but his short co-authored book with Thomas Keenan, Mengele’s Skull: The Advent of a Forensic Aest...
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The Pentagon's New Generation of Secret Military Bases

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How the Pentagon is quietly transforming its overseas base empire and creating a dangerous new way of war.
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Antipodes Map - Antipodal location for any map point

Antipodes Map - Antipodal location for any map point

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Farinetti: benvenuti a Eataly Roma

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Un fiume piena. Un sali e scendi continuo tra i quattro livelli. Strette di mano e pacche sulle spalle ben distribuite. Oscar Farinetti intanto fa anc...
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10 Best Travel Destinations about to Disappear [Infographic]

10 Best Travel Destinations about to Disappear [Infographic] | A Geographer's Scrapbook | Scoop.it

Must-visit places before they're gone!


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Persian or Iranian? Is there a Difference?

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Over the next few months, Ajam Media Collective will host a series that focuses on and describes various elements of the cultural, ethnic and linguistic mosaic that we refer to collectively as Iran...

 

What is in a name?  We know that there are subtle differences between Hispanic, Indigenous, Latino and Mexican that are bound with the history of these words and how they have been used by both insiders and outsiders to construct identity.  Likewise, the distinctions between the terms Persian and Iranian are often used interchangeably.  However there are political, ethnic, linguistic and religious connotations that shape the meanings behind these terms.  While I don't necessarily agree with all of the arguments, this is an interesting look at the historical roots of these distinctions and the ramifications of these terms.   


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Ms. Harrington's comment, July 3, 2012 8:17 PM
This is interesting, I have wondered this myself, when hearing a person describe themselves as Persian. The article goes on to say being Persian is a cultural subset of Iranians, who share a common language and culture. It can be conditered a cultural or political statement to call ones self Persian rather than Iranian.
Cam E's curator insight, March 4, 8:23 AM

This has always been a question between my friends and I, as one of my friends identifies as Persian. In my limited experience in the US it seems that the people who identify themselves as Iranian have immigrated in the last two generations or so. In comparison to families which came over quite a few generations ago who refer to themselves as "Persian"

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The Future of the Internet – Urban Times

The Future of the Internet – Urban Times | A Geographer's Scrapbook | Scoop.it

It has been some time since we “logged on” to the internet. Most of us have ditched dial-up ages ago. I still have fond memories of the sounds my modem would make. The dial tone, the numbers being dialed, and the funny connection static. That last noise signaling the handshake was complete and I could now surf the web. Today, we turn on our computers and they are already connected. Our wi-fi enabled devices have already stored our connection settings and connect to any network in memory automatically. While wi-fi and cell phones have enabled us to bring the internet with us, the future of the internet will spill out of our homes even more. It will free itself from our devices and become available to us wherever we are. It will be embedded in our appliances, our buildings, our clothing, and even our trash.


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Facilities, expertise and geography to help Istanbul Olympic bid

Facilities, expertise and geography to help Istanbul Olympic bid | A Geographer's Scrapbook | Scoop.it
'It is the only city that intersects two continents and the hearts of its people vibrate passionately for sports and for the Olympic spirit'...
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A Season of Urban Vignettes

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Call for Inaugural Season Contributors+

What is unique about your city? What do you love and hate about it? Which sights, sounds, smells and feelings...

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BRUNO LATOUR at SCIENCE GALLERY

Bruno Latour gives a lecture titled 'Reenacting Science' at Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland World-renowned philosopher and anthropologist Br...
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