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Alice's Restaurant

Discuss the importance of this great Arlo Guthrie tune on the generation and enjoy. I've re-touched the original drawings, combined both parts, and made the ...


This "Happy Thanksgiving" video also doubles as an nice glimpse into the 60s and folk music. 

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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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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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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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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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I taught my black kids that their elite upbringing would protect them from discrimination. I was wrong.

I taught my black kids that their elite upbringing would protect them from discrimination. I was wrong. | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
I knew the day would come, but I didn’t know how it would happen, where I would be, or how I would respond. It is the moment that every black parent fears: the day their child is called a nigger.

My wife and I, both African Americans, constitute one of those Type A couples with Ivy League undergraduate and graduate degrees who, for many years, believed that if we worked hard and maintained great jobs, we could insulate our children from the blatant manifestations of bigotry that we experienced as children in the 1960s and ’70s.
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Not a fun read, but an insightful one on the intersections of race and class in the United States cultural context. 

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In France, Kebabs Get Wrapped Up in Identity Politics

In France, Kebabs Get Wrapped Up in Identity Politics | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
In a country whose national identity is so closely connected to its cuisine, France's hard right has seized on a growing appetite for kebabs as proof of cultural "Islamisation".

Four kebab houses opened last month in Blois, bringing the total to over a dozen in the pretty Loire valley town where tourists come to see the castle. The far-right National Front party railed: "The historical center of Blois, the jewel of French history, is turning into an Oriental city".

The implicit message is clear: the now ubiquitous kebab, popular with the young and cash-strapped, is a sign that Middle Eastern culture has taken root in France, where not everyone is happy about the presence of 5 million Muslims.
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Dean Haakenson's curator insight, October 28, 5:28 PM

Yet as France faces a large dependency ratio of older people it needs the influx of immigrants to stabilize its economy. This is fascinating.

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Animated 'Book Of Life' Celebrates Día De Los Muertos

Animated 'Book Of Life' Celebrates Día De Los Muertos | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
The Day of the Dead holiday celebrated in Mexico and other Latin America countries is now the subject of a 3-D animated movie, produced by filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro and directed by Jorge Gutiérrez.
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Wilmine Merlain's curator insight, October 16, 12:58 PM

In a diverse country such as ours, I find it wonderful how Hollywood film makers are able to commemorate the different kinds of ethnicity's that live in America, especially with this film that celebrates the life of a deceased through an animated film. This film not only provides an insight to day of the dead, (which is a national holiday celebrated on May 5th by Mexicans), its a film that also gives a glimpse into the country's culture.

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Teachers Shadowing Students: Doing What Students Do

Teachers Shadowing Students: Doing What Students Do | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Teachers Shadowing Students: Doing What Students Do


This is the first year I am working in a school but not teaching my own classes; I am the High School Learning Coach, a new position for the school this year. My job is to work with teachers and admins. to improve student learning outcomes.

As part of getting my feet wet, my principal suggested I “be” a student for two days: I was to shadow and complete all the work of a 10th grade student on one day and to do the same for a 12th grade student on another day. My task was to do everything the student was supposed to do: if there was lecture or notes on the board, I copied them as fast I could into my notebook. If there was a Chemistry lab, I did it with my host student.

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Experts: Ebola Vaccine At Least 50 White People Away

Experts: Ebola Vaccine At Least 50 White People Away | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
CONAKRY, GUINEA—With the death toll in West Africa continuing to rise amid a new outbreak of the Ebola virus, leading medical experts announced Wednesday that a vaccine for the deadly disease is still at least 50 white people from being developed.
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Yes, this is satire (and I do love the Onion), but there is so much more truth in this the many in the West would like to admit.  I wish that the there weren't elements of racism in the way we've talked about Ebola in the United States, but our development shields us from really needed to be worried.  The westerners that have been infected have been flown out and received a high level of care...not something that we'd dream of considering for other human beings who the international community has deemed unworthy for this same level of treat.  Yes, in part it's because of the raw numbers, but it feels like a lot more than just that.  

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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 ...
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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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"Great Surprise"—Native Americans Have West Eurasian Origins

"Great Surprise"—Native Americans Have West Eurasian Origins | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Nearly one-third of Native American genes come from west Eurasian peoples with ties to the Middle East and Europe, according to the oldest human genome yet sequenced, a new study says.
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Big increase in surgery to mend ‘flesh tunnel’ earlobes

Big increase in surgery to mend ‘flesh tunnel’ earlobes | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
The price of fashion: £1,800 to rebuild ears stretched by fashion
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What is culturally accepted in some circles and places, might be frowned upon in others.  Some twenty-somethings are realizing that corporate culture can be less forgiving about expressions of individuality than their friends were in high school.  What are some places that demand certain appearances?  How do you feel about these cultural norms and how they are informally enforced?

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Fareed Zakaria: Let’s be honest, Islam has a problem right now

Fareed Zakaria: Let’s be honest, Islam has a problem right now | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
But here’s what Bill Maher and Sam Harris get wrong.
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There are far too many oversimplifications when people throw around the terms "Muslim-majority countries" and this video shows that a more nuanced understanding is needed.  That being said, it would be naive to pretend as though Islam today were without some structural problems.  As stated in the linked article, "In 2013, of the top 10 groups that perpetrated terrorist attacks, seven were Muslim. Of the top 10 countries where terrorist attacks took place, seven were Muslim-majority.  Of the 24 most restrictive countries (according to Pew Research), 19 are Muslim-majority. Of the 21 countries that have laws against apostasy, all have Muslim majorities."


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Malala and Nabila: worlds apart

Malala and Nabila: worlds apart | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Unlike Malala Yousafzai, Nabila Rehman did not receive a welcoming greeting in Washington DC.
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