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Crime rate in Japan falls for the 11th straight year

Crime rate in Japan falls for the 11th straight year | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The number of murders and attempted murders recorded by police in 2013 declined 8.8 percent from the previous year to a postwar low of 939, the National Police Agency said. ...

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The fall in crime rate could well be linked to the increase in the education levels in japan. With people educated they can get better jobs to support their family.  If everyone is cared for, there is no need to steal anything, 

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Benny Haoxiang Liang's curator insight, January 13, 2014 9:37 PM

A few weeks ago, I had read a news article about how Japan had decided to used blue tinted lighting instead of the traditional yellow street light to reduce crime.  The idea was that blue light, and the color blue in general, according to studies, caused the human brain to calm down and act more rationally.  Glasgow, Scotland also changed its street lights to blue to see if the drop in crime rate was simply a localized incident.  However, crime rates also dropped there.  I think that the possibilities of influencing mood with lighting is definitely something to look into.

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Barbie who? Nigeria's "Queens of Africa" dolls take on US toymaker Mattel

Barbie who? Nigeria's "Queens of Africa" dolls take on US toymaker Mattel | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Local entrepreneur makes black dolls to fill gap in African market, as economists predict consumer boom for Nigeria (Nigeria's Queens of Africa dolls take on Barbie http://t.co/AxPhnvDFJ2

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This is a really good example of hirearchical difusion.  The well known Barbie idean has spread to Africa where the darker pigmented dolls sattisfy the wants of young girls. What started as a blonde, white skinned doll for American girls has evolved to fit people with other races in less powerful places. 

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Muslim beauty pageant challenges Miss World contest

Muslim beauty pageant challenges Miss World contest | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"Muslim women from six countries defy western beauty ideals, emphasize spirituality.  Organizers of the event said they wanted to show Muslim women there is an alternative to the idea of beauty put forward by the British-run Miss World pageant. They also stress that opposition to the pageant can be expressed non-violently." 


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Hannah Hitchcock's insight:

This article is a really good example on how beauty is a cultural perception. American pleople have a skewed idea of beauty, those shown above not being in that category. In other countries, these women might be extreamly beautiful, but the American perception doesn't believe the same things.  

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Rainer Emily's curator insight, October 1, 2013 11:38 AM

Social

 

This article is social because it is about a group of women who got together and challenged beauty ideals. 

Rawr_adventuretime's comment, October 3, 2013 1:27 PM
This is social because the gender relations is women defying ideas of beauty and expressing beauty through spirit instead of body and looks c:
Mrs. B's curator insight, October 5, 2013 9:34 AM

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Mother of five named Afghanistan's first female district police chief

Mother of five named Afghanistan's first female district police chief | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Jamila Bayaz will head District 1 in the capital Kabul.

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The evidence of gender roles is evident in this article.  Well paying jobs are no longer just for men.  As the rete of schooling and experience for women is increasing, there are more women going into the work field.  This is a significant step in the right direction to a more stable population due to the declining TFR in countires with increased schooling. 

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What Religion Does Your Member Of Congress Identify With?

What Religion Does Your Member Of Congress Identify With? | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
A breakdown of Congress' religious makeup. One nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.

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This map adds interesting insight to how Religion might affect Congress. America is a very Christian country, supported by the map. The other non-Christian religions are shown to be condensed in to small or isolated areas. This also supports the stereotypical ideas we have of the regions in America. Baptist for exapmle, is highly popular in the south. This is typically the religion we associate with the south. The Mid-West is an area with a high Mormon population, therefore it makes sense that the representatives fom those states consist of Mormon religious people. 

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 22, 2013 3:36 PM

The geography of religion has been a longstanding concern of cultural geographers.  I found a curious political/religious map of the United States (a map that is partially explained by understanding some of the patterns on the map above).  The most typical religious maps show where particular religions are pre-dominant.  This map shows territories marked not by the faith of the residents but by the religion of the local congressmen.  This make me wonder:  Is this map religious or political? Is there valuable information to glean from this maps or is it simply a fun curiosity?  How does the religious geography of the United States impact political geography (or vice versa)?    


Tags: religion, culture, diffusion, mapping, historical, cartography.

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, August 24, 2013 8:02 PM

Cultural geography! Very intersting!

Adilson Camacho's comment, August 24, 2013 8:03 PM
http://mappingmormonism.byu.edu/?page_id=12
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Where St. Nicholas Has His Black Pete(s), Charges of Racism Follow

Where St. Nicholas Has His Black Pete(s), Charges of Racism Follow | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Portrayed by people in blackface makeup, Peter sports outlandish Renaissance costumes, with thick red lips and frizzy hairdo wigs or fake dreadlocks.

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This "Black Peter" figure is portrayed as a serving figure. All of these African American people are following around this white figure, folowing his every demand. St. Nick or not, this concept is being viewed by the world as unacceptable. 

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 18, 2013 1:45 PM

This issue re-surfaces every 12 months like clockwork.  Two years ago, I discovered this topic and was startled to see Christmas figurines that looked like Little Black Sambo.  Quinsy Gario wore a T-shirt with the words “Black Pete is racist” to the St. Nicholas parade and he was thrown to the ground, handcuffed and dragged away by the police.  Both sides want the issue to go away, but on their terms.  This comedy sketch by David Sedaris on the Dutch Christmas is is quite revealing and certainly entertaining.  

Caterin Victor's curator insight, December 11, 2013 6:55 PM

!!" Cultusal  Americans !!  d`ont be    funny  !!  they  had no  ideas  the  morons  even  they  own  Geography.  histori. thei  know  oly  the   smart  phone  You tubei , wats up,  Face book and other rubish !! 

Travis Winger's curator insight, December 12, 2013 9:17 PM

This is just a simple crash between old cultures and new ones. Old cultures have created descrimination and race differences in our culture that have become so common that it has become a tradition. Now as we move foward our views change and we have to fight between should we change the tradition and accept our past was full of discrimination, or change it to be more relevant to the times.