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Why You Should Eat Local Food (Even if You Don’t Care About Food Miles)

Why You Should Eat Local Food (Even if You Don’t Care About Food Miles) | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

I really like this article because it seems almost more personal. Obviously the global effects of shipping food, such as pollution, are all many can talk about when arguing to eat locally. However I find that most people are out of sight out of mind kind of people and won't necessarily consider these risks important because they are not immediately affected. This article however makes some of the more personal, individual arguments for eating locally such as knowing what your local foods look like or how your surroundings look.


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The town destroyed to stop black and white people mixing

The town destroyed to stop black and white people mixing | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Sophiatown, in the suburbs of Johannesburg, was once known for its bohemian lifestyle and vibrant music scene. But 60 years ago, the South African government decided to clear the multi-racial neighbourhood to turn it into a whites-only area.
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10 UNESCO World Heritage sites with wild back stories

10 UNESCO World Heritage sites with wild back stories | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Murder. Greed. Oppression. Intrigue. The ruins at these UNESCO sites may be silent, but they tell some shocking and absorbing tales.
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AMA Voyages's curator insight, February 11, 3:51 AM

L'occasion de très beaux treks pour certaines destinations, comme Potosi ou Lumbini! une autre manière de découvrir ces sites majeurs.

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How to eat pork, drink booze and be a 'good' Muslim

How to eat pork, drink booze and be a 'good' Muslim | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Less than two weeks after the Charlie Hebdo attacks — and the subsequent demands that followed for Muslims to denounce violence — it's got to be a tough time to produce a light-hearted podcast called "Good Muslim/Bad Muslim." But that's not what hosts Taz Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh think.
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In a Beirut mansion, a city's culture is reborn

In a Beirut mansion, a city's culture is reborn | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
An architect’s plan to revive a cosmopolitan dream of the Middle East.
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▶ Shereen El Feki: A little-told tale of sex and sensuality

“If you really want to know a people, start by looking inside their bedrooms," says Shereen El Feki, who traveled through the Middle East for five years, talking to people about sex. While those conversations reflected rigid norms and deep repression, El Feki also discovered that sexual conservatism in the Arab world is a relatively new thing. She wonders: could a re-emergence of public dialogue lead to more satisfying, and safer, sex lives?

Seth Dixon's insight:

This is a little more for a mature audience than I typically share on my Geography Education page.  Still, it is and incredibly well done TED Talk that discusses sensitive cultural issues in the Arab world.  Shereen El Feki also gave a great TED Talk on how pop culture mixes into the Arab world.  

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Is Courting Controversy An Urban Outfitters Strategy?

Is Courting Controversy An Urban Outfitters Strategy? | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Questionable sincerity aside, the recent pileup of apparent missteps by the retailer raises another question: Is the company doing it on purpose?
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If you are look for an example of cultural commodification that doubles as cultural appropriation, this is it. 

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Immigation in the United States

Immigation in the United States | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
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Do you think it's easy to come into the United States "the right way?"  That simply isn't an option that is even remotely available for many would-be migrants. 

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It's a tough job entering US ! I legally (of course ) tried ten years ago ! The US emabassy in Bucharest refused to give me a visa ! it's so frustrating ! no reason why ...
Adriene Mannas's curator insight, December 12, 2014 11:09 AM

Unit 2

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Robert Reich: How a Wealthy California Town Makes Sure No Poor Kids Attend Its 'Public' School

Robert Reich: How a Wealthy California Town Makes Sure No Poor Kids Attend Its 'Public' School | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
A California school district hired a private detective to build a case against 7-year-old Latina.
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I like the closing point of this article, that this issue begs the question, who are 'we' as as society, community and nation?

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The fate of the Roma in Europe

Deciding the fate of the Roma population in Europe EU immigration ministers meet in Paris on Monday. Ministers from the European countries where the 'problem' originates were not invited, but can they be ignored? After the French crackdown on the Roma, is the EU facing deep divisions? Is it even legal for EU countries to expel other EU citizens?

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Women pay an "invisible tax" at the drug store, and France is investigating it

Women pay an "invisible tax" at the drug store, and France is investigating it | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Women's shirts cost more to dry clean, and women's haircuts often cost more. That matters far beyond the realm of bank account balances.


It's not just about women buying makeup; women often pay more for similar products or services than what men spend.

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Religious persecution on the rise

Religious persecution on the rise | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

On the same day that the news emerged of a Pakistani Christian couple burnt to death in a kiln by enraged Muslim villagers for apparently unwittingly burning the verses of the Koran, Prince Charles was addressing a gathering at the House of Lords on religious freedom.  The future King, who once said that he wished to be Defender of Faith, rather than Defender of the Faith on ascending the throne, made an eloquent plea for religious tolerance at home and across the world.

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The n-word: An entrenched racial slur now more prevalent than ever

The n-word: An entrenched racial slur now more prevalent than ever | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
The N-word: An entrenched racial slur now more prevalent than ever wapo.st/nwordproject
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This is a very solid article of the cultural layers of meaning that are embedded into this word and the usage of the word with is oh-so-slippery. 

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The Brazilian Town Where the American Confederacy Lives On

The Brazilian Town Where the American Confederacy Lives On | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
One day last spring, near an old rural cemetery in southern Brazil, a black man named Marcelo Gomes held up the corners of a Confederate flag to pose for a cell-phone photo. After the picture was taken, Gomes said he saw no problem with a black man paying homage to the history of the Confederate States of America. "American culture is a beautiful culture," he said. Some of his friends had Confederate blood.

Gomes had joined some 2,000 Brazilians at the annual festa of the Fraternidade Descendência Americana, the brotherhood of Confederate descendants in Brazil, on a plot near the town of Americana, which was settled by Southern defectors 150 years ago.
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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, February 9, 8:29 AM

I am a woman of color. If you go to the Museum of the Confederacy you would be surprised to find the geographic regions where these people went ( and failed) It's quite an interesting story.

Padriag John-David Mahoney's curator insight, February 12, 10:26 AM

This is fascinating. Where some people of the United States view the confederacy as an embarrassing group of Americans in our history, other have embraced their history in culture instead of shouting it down and/or pretending they are not connected to it. Similar to the exiled fugitive Nazis in the post War period in Argentina. Men and women who did not want to live in a world where Germany was not master of all, they defected and came to south America where vestiges of that piece of their history can still be seen. This really is pretty cool

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Was Obama right about the Crusades and Islamic extremism?

Was Obama right about the Crusades and Islamic extremism? | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (RNS) No one is suggesting that Christians are just like the Islamic State. But Obama did suggest that Christianity is like Islam; both faiths have the capacity to be exploited by extremists.
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This is a faux-controversy in my mind; of course Christianity as a religion with over a billion followers and thousands of years of history has skeletons in its closet.  Comparing modern-day atrocities of ISIS to horrors of Christian past is fair according to this article in the Religious News Service as well as this one in New Republic.  

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I never knew how differently France and America value religion

I never knew how differently France and America value religion | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
In the United States, we speak easily of different ethnic and religious communities. But the reality is far different in France, where the Charlie Hebdo attacks have brought religion and its place in French society back to the top of the agenda.
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If the US embraces freedom *of* religion, France embraces freedom *from* religion.

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Stephen Zimmett's curator insight, January 25, 4:46 PM

I wonder how much America values religion. FRance on the other hand has a different value when speaking of religion.

 

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Who Owns Yoga?

Who Owns Yoga? | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
India's appointment of a "Minister of Yoga" is just the latest development in an ongoing debate about who the practice "belongs" to, and who can rightfully make money from it.
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Hip-Hop, Cultural Authenticity and Appropriation

Hip-Hop, Cultural Authenticity and Appropriation | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
The whole hip-hop community has finally taken Azalea to task for building her career by stealing black musical sounds and styles and using her whiteness to sell them to the masses. In the process, she has done little to actually give back to the hip-hop community except be flagrantly offensive. And black hip-hop artists aren't standing for it any longer.
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A Tweet On Women's Veils, Followed By Raging Debate In Saudi Arabia

A Tweet On Women's Veils, Followed By Raging Debate In Saudi Arabia | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
A prominent ultra-conservative figure says face veils for women are not mandatory. Now everyone is weighing in on the hottest topic in the kingdom.
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Stephen Zimmett's curator insight, January 25, 4:49 PM

Why women in Saudi Arabia have to wear face veils is beyond me.

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Why Eric Garner is the turning point Ferguson never was

Why Eric Garner is the turning point Ferguson never was | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Ferguson, Mo., has captured the nation's attention for the better part of the past four months. But in just a few short days in the national news, Eric Garner has become the political rallying point that Ferguson never has.

A new poll shows considerably more unhappiness with the lack of an indictment in Garner's case than in the one in Ferguson. And, perhaps most important as far as its impact goes, that unhappiness is significantly less connected to a person's race.
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Spot the Africa

Spot the Africa | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Trevor Noah joins The Best F#@king News Team Ever and challenges Jon to a game of Spot the Africa.
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This has some very entertaining criticism, noting the problems in how Americans think about the continent of Africa...starting with the fact that we often treat it was one huge monolithic continent. 

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Adriene Mannas's curator insight, December 12, 2014 11:09 AM

Unit???????????????????

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Today’s key fact: you are probably wrong about almost everything

Today’s key fact: you are probably wrong about almost everything | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Most people around the world are pretty bad when it comes to knowing the numbers behind the news. But how issues such as immigration are perceived can shape political opinion and promote misconceptions
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How The 'Kung Fu Fighting' Melody Came To Represent Asia

How The 'Kung Fu Fighting' Melody Came To Represent Asia | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

"The nine-note tune made famous in Carl Douglas' 1974 song has served as a stereotype of Asian music since the 19th century.


"[The opening phrase from the song 'Chinatown, My Chinatown'] resembles an extremely well known trope of musical orientalism—one of the most efficient that the West has developed to signal 'Asia.' "


"We get the sense of another culture when we hear the scale,  It's worth thinking about the fact that the scale isn't necessarily something we would've been listening to in the United States in a significant way before the end of the 19th century, early 20th."


Tagsregions, podcast, culture, racism, music.

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The Indigenous Art Behind the Seahawks' Helmet

The Indigenous Art Behind the Seahawks' Helmet | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
A 19th-century "transformation mask" from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, inspired the team's logo. A new exhibit explores the history and significance of the piece.
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Is this honoring local cultures and the indigenous heritage of the Pacific Northwest or is this a billion dollar industry culturally appropriating and exploiting the traditions of a local people? 

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Miles Gibson's curator insight, January 1, 11:43 PM

Unit 3 culture

This article explains how the Seahawks helmets are a part of historical tribalism in the British Columbia area. The logo is from an ancient tribal relic and it is extremely important to the natives there. The Seahawks use it because of its sign of power to the natives there. The Seahawks exploited a folk culture aspect of nature into popular culture.

This article relates to unit 3 because it shows how the Seahawks have identified folk culture and brought it into popular culture. It found a divine and isolated thing and brought it into the light under normal circumstances into a popular, judgemental culture. This overall relates it to unit 3. 

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Family Structure and Culture in the United States

Family Structure and Culture in the United States | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

Share of US births to unmarried women, by race/ethnicity:
Black 72%
Hispanic 53%
White 29%
Overall 41%

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