Cultural Geography
23.0K views | +7 today
Follow
Cultural Geography
Historical, Cultural and Social Issues of place and space
Curated by Seth Dixon
Your new post is loading...
Suggested by Urban Vaastu
Scoop.it!

THE LAND OF PUNT

THE LAND OF PUNT | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

Believed to be a mythical land for centuries, excavations reveal that the Land of Punt was a real land known for

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Seth Dixon
Scoop.it!

There Are Almost No Black People Brewing Craft Beer. Here's Why.

There Are Almost No Black People Brewing Craft Beer. Here's Why. | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

"Craft beer is white. Whiter than a ski lodge. Whiter than a Whole Foods in the suburbs. Craft beer is so white, in fact, that there’s an entry for 'microbreweries' in Stuff White People Like, a book based on a blog written by a white person making fun of white people for being white. The passage concludes with this sentence: '[M]ost white people want to open a microbrewery at some point.'  So, in the absence of statistics, I set out to answer a simple question: where the hell are all the black craft brewers, bar owners, bloggers, aficionados, and nerds? Why is craft beer -- the consumer side, and especially the business side -- so white?"

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Seth Dixon
Scoop.it!

Cultural appropriation gone wrong

Occurred at San Francisco State University on 3/28/2016. /u/nicholas-silvera
Seth Dixon's insight:

This is probably the clearest example (that went viral) of anger about cultural appropriation gone wrong.  This is a hot-button topic, and this video is food for thought (or fanning the flames).  Cultural appropriation might be seen as offensive, but it cetainly isn't illegal.     

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Seth Dixon
Scoop.it!

The world's first ghetto, 500 years later

The world's first ghetto, 500 years later | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
The word "ghetto" is derived from a community in Venice, Italy, where Jewish people were forced to live five centuries ago.  


In preparation for the 500th anniversary of Italy's Venetian Ghetto, Ziyah Gafic scoured the 7-acre-wide part of the Cannaregio district where, for centuries, Jews were forced to live.  But all he found was an overwhelming silence -- an element that became central to the photographs he made there.

more...
Treathyl Fox's curator insight, February 29, 3:44 PM

No additional insight to add. except  ... Wondering that if such a community had never been established perhaps the world "ghetto" would not be in our vocabulary.

Brandon Whitley's curator insight, March 10, 9:58 AM
my opinion on this cultural event is that people have there traditions and they do what they have to do to keep them alive and to keep there gods happy.  





Scooped by Seth Dixon
Scoop.it!

End of the circumflex? Changes in French spelling cause uproar

End of the circumflex? Changes in French spelling cause uproar | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Controversy has emerged in France over new spellings for more than 2,000 French words.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Seth Dixon
Scoop.it!

The Feminist History of Prohibition

The Feminist History of Prohibition | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
A look at the feminist roots of the temperance movement.

 

In pursuit of temperance, too, women came to invade even that most sacred of male spaces: the saloon. One could argue, too, that the results of Prohibition—opposite-sexes mixing in speakeasies—perhaps did more to end the male-only drinking culture of the 'saloon' than the temperance movement ever did.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Seth Dixon
Scoop.it!

Gender and pop culture: "Vocal fry"

You sound like a Kardashian? Speech therapists "vocal fry" the call is low, throaty-up of young women are gaining importance. "Sunday Morning" Faith Salie co...
Seth Dixon's insight:

Popular culture changes our linguistics patterns (with some strong gendered implications).  Here is one current manifestation of the cultural patterns and processes that make human interactions so dynamic.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Seth Dixon
Scoop.it!

The Failure of Multiculturalism

Multicultural policies accept that societies are diverse, yet they implicitly assume that such diversity ends at the edges of minority communities. By forcing people into ethnic and cultural boxes, they help create the very divisions they were meant to manage.
Seth Dixon's insight:

This is an interesting op-ed on European multiculturalism and political/cultural problems. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Seth Dixon
Scoop.it!

In the first majority-Muslim U.S. city, residents tense about its future

In the first majority-Muslim U.S. city, residents tense about its future | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
The same city has elected a majority-Muslim city council.
more...
No comment yet.
Suggested by PIRatE Lab
Scoop.it!

A Brazilian student mapped out Rio's racial segregation at the beach. Can you say "white folks only?"

A Brazilian student mapped out Rio's racial segregation at the beach. Can you say "white folks only?" | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
In an ethnically diverse country, the extent that people live in affluent, white-only clusters goes far beyond what he ever imagined.
more...
Suggested by Payman Taei
Scoop.it!

Infographic: Learn Top 10 Travel Destinations in the World

Infographic: Learn Top 10 Travel Destinations in the World | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Based on Trip Advisor's annual Traveler's Choice Destinations Awards, this infographic features the top-voted sites in the world, according to millions of
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Seth Dixon
Scoop.it!

Why Do So Many Americans Think They Have Cherokee Blood?

Why Do So Many Americans Think They Have Cherokee Blood? | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
The tradition of claiming a Cherokee ancestor continues into the present. Today, more Americans claim descent from at least one Cherokee ancestor than any other Native American group. Across the United States, Americans tell and retell stories of long-lost Cherokee ancestors. These tales of family genealogies become murkier with each passing generation, but like Phelps, contemporary Americans profess their belief despite not being able to point directly to a Cherokee in their family tree.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Seth Dixon
Scoop.it!

Barcelona Win Appeal Over Copa del Rey Flag Ban

Barcelona fans will be allowed to display Catalan flags at the Copa del Rey final after their appeal against a banning order was upheld.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Seth Dixon
Scoop.it!

#MoreThanMean - Women in Sports 'Face' Harassment

"Watch REAL guys read REAL comments made about sports reporters Sarah Spain and Julie DiCaro – to their face. These fans learn some tweets are #MoreThanMean – they’re harassment. Share this w/ hashtag #MoreThanMean to increase awareness about harassment of women in sports."

Seth Dixon's insight:

The sports internet can to some men be an extension of the locker room--and a place that is highly gendered.  This video highlights the viciousness of online misogyny.  Let's make the internet and the myriad of sub-cultures therein, better.  This is uncomfortable to watch...but that's the point. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Seth Dixon
Scoop.it!

The Feminist Guide to Being a Foodie Without Being Culturally Appropriative

The Feminist Guide to Being a Foodie Without Being Culturally Appropriative | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
You don't have to give up delicious foods from other cultures to avoid appropriation. But here's how you can get that deliciousness without ordering up a side of oppression.
Seth Dixon's insight:

The fact that this article is written is indicative of the cultural tensions, landmines, and pitfalls that exist today.  People want to experience other cultures, but are afraid that their very participation could be perceived as offensive or inappropriate. 

 

Questions to Ponder: What makes a using/participating in a cultural activity that is NOT from your culture, offensive or inappropriate? 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Seth Dixon
Scoop.it!

'Inshallah' — it's more than just a phrase that gets you booted off a plane

'Inshallah' — it's more than just a phrase that gets you booted off a plane | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Southwest Airlines now says the college student it removed from a flight was ejected because another passenger believed he had made "threatening comments," including using the term "inshallah" — Arabic for "God willing."
more...
Dustin Fowler's curator insight, April 20, 10:54 AM
I heard an interview on Public Radio International last night regarding this issue.  The man in the interview stated that, despite his pride in his identity, that he must consider what he can say, depending on where he is.  Should he refrain from Arabic phrases while in an Airport?  How does this pertain to more domestic debates about race and discrimination? 
Scooped by Seth Dixon
Scoop.it!

As A Japanese Mountain Village Shrinks, So Do Its Prospects For Kabuki

As A Japanese Mountain Village Shrinks, So Do Its Prospects For Kabuki | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
For more than 300 years, children have performed kabuki, Japan's classical theater, in the village of Damine. But as residents age or leave for cities, Damine is running out of young performers.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Seth Dixon
Scoop.it!

10 Signs You Grew Up In Between L.A. and O.C.

10 Signs You Grew Up In Between L.A. and O.C. | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Living in the middle ground of Los Angeles County and Orange County has it's perks and cons.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Seth Dixon
Scoop.it!

Preserving Arapesh: UVA Linguist’s Tie With Villager Enlightens Students

Preserving Arapesh: UVA Linguist’s Tie With Villager Enlightens Students | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Fewer than 100 people still speak Cemaun Arapesh, one of more than 800 languages spoken in Papua New Guinea. Last winter, UVA linguist Lise Dobrin invited a native speaker to Grounds to assist her efforts to preserve the language.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Seth Dixon
Scoop.it!

My Application for the LA Times Middle East Correspondent Job

My Application for the LA Times Middle East Correspondent Job | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
The LA Times has been the butt of jokes on social media this week thanks to a poorly-worded job listing for a Middle East Correspondent.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Seth Dixon
Scoop.it!

Yoga class cancelled at University of Ottawa over 'cultural issues'

Yoga class cancelled at University of Ottawa over 'cultural issues' | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
A yoga instructor who says her free class at the University of Ottawa was cancelled because of concerns over cultural appropriation believes the student union's issues are misplaced.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Seth Dixon
Scoop.it!

Reebok blames 'design error' for regrettable UFC Ireland shirt

Reebok blames 'design error' for regrettable UFC Ireland shirt | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Reebok removes ‘UFC Ireland’ T-shirt that omitted Northern Ireland after widespread public backlash
Seth Dixon's insight:

Ireland the island or the political entity that is known as the Republic of Ireland?  This shirt pushed a few political and cultural buttons. 

more...
Christopher L. Story's curator insight, March 3, 7:33 AM

Ireland the island or the political entity that is known as the Republic of Ireland?  This shirt pushed a few political and cultural buttons. 

Scooped by Seth Dixon
Scoop.it!

Will Jose Bautista bat flip mark turning point in MLB acceptance of Latino culture?

Will Jose Bautista bat flip mark turning point in MLB acceptance of Latino culture? | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Given the long odds of making it to the majors from Latino countries, players like Jose Bautista and Yoenis Cespedes should not be admonished for celebrating with joy and passion.
Seth Dixon's insight:

Are the traditionalists demanding that young players (often from other countries and cultures) "respect the game" really demanding that they culturally assimilate into MLB's culture?  I don't doubt that Bautista will face retribution in the future, but isn't that a simply a violent form of enforcing cultural norms?  MLB has allowed 'unwritten rules' to be enforced by the locker room and pitcher retaliation against the batter.  Here is to hoping that purists stop demanding cultural assimilation as MLB's population has globalized and diversified.

more...