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Why an Icelandic Girl Named ‘Light Breeze’ Isn’t Legally Allowed to Use Her Own Name

Why an Icelandic Girl Named ‘Light Breeze’ Isn’t Legally Allowed to Use Her Own Name | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Blaer Bjarkardottir is known officially as “Stulka” – meaning “girl” in Icelandic – because her given name, which translates to “light breeze,” is not on the government’s approved list of 1,853...
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Icelandic naming conventions are steeped in traditions that doesn't mesh well with 'creative' names or names that are not Icelandic in origin.  What to you think about this issue in terms of culture?  Politics?

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Russia Wants Bulgarians to Stop Vandalizing Soviet Monuments

Russia Wants Bulgarians to Stop Vandalizing Soviet Monuments | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Russia is demanding that Bulgaria try harder to prevent vandalism of Soviet monuments, after yet another monument to Soviet troops in Sofia was spray-painted.
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Generally speaking, if you don't want icons of your culture desecrated by other people, you shouldn't export them to other places through imperialistic practices.  Personally, I love what they've done with this monument.

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Amnesty International sends team within US for first time

Amnesty International sends team within US for first time | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
As anger erupted again on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, a human rights team from Amnesty International worked on the ground in the US for the first time ever.
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After Michael Brown was shot 6 times by a police officer, the community was outraged and the police responded by maintaining their concept of control by exceeding their powers.  There will be much more fallout from this before it is all said and done. 

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Cory Erlandson's curator insight, August 19, 8:31 AM

This might challenge the notion that humans rights are solely an American export.

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Where police forces don't resemble the community

Where police forces don't resemble the community | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
A Washington Post analysis of police staffing shows that the vast majority of cities have a police presence that is a lot whiter than the population.
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Cory Erlandson's curator insight, August 19, 8:32 AM

While my students are not quite ready for this level of complexity on Day 1, this will be a nice data analysis warm-up next quarter. 

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Palestinians share tear gas advice with Ferguson protesters

Palestinians share tear gas advice with Ferguson protesters | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
As authorities crack down on protests, Palestinians stand with teargassed Missouri residents.
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Fascinating social media and cultural interactions.

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Unrest in Ferguson, Mo., After Police Shooting

Unrest in Ferguson, Mo., After Police Shooting | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed Saturday by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. The Times examines the demographics of the town and its police force, as well as crime rates.
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This primer about the Ferguson, Mo. situation.  As this map shows, it is a predominantly African-American community with an overwhelming Caucasian police force.  

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Global Parenting Habits That Haven't Caught On In The U.S.

Global Parenting Habits That Haven't Caught On In The U.S. | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

If there's one thing have in common with those , it's that they both show us just how varied parenting styles can be.

Argentine parents let their kids stay up until all hours; Japanese parents let 7-year-olds ride the subway by themselves; and Danish parents leave their kids sleeping in a stroller on the curb while they go inside to shop or eat.

Some might make American parents cringe, but others sure could use a close study. Vietnamese mothers, for instance, get their kids out of diapers by 9 months.

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This Chart Explains Every Culture In The World

This Chart Explains Every Culture In The World | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
As countries become more developed, they travel diagonally to the upper-right.
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Despite the headline, this does not explain every culture in the world.  It does put cultures within a comparative matrix to notice broad patterns.  This is rarely done in cultural geography mainly because we believe that the headline is unachievable and reduces to many of the variable that create distinct societies.  This is interesting, but take it with a grain of salt and don't try to infer too much from the data. 

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MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 3:49 PM

APHG-U3

David Week's curator insight, August 12, 8:12 PM

This is possibly the worst chart in the world!

(a) you can't cluster cultures like this, you lose what matters: Geertz's thick (vs thin) description;

(b) the idea that Protestant Europe or English Speaking cultures value "self expression" vs "survival values" has never been inside a corporate workspace where many people spend many of their lives, or surveyed the incomes of artists in these countries.


(c) Secularity and rationality are also traditions, going back hundreds or even thousands of years.

(d) The idea that as cultures develop, the move towards Protestant Europe is the silliest, most blatantly ethnocentric statement I've seen in a long time.

Let's hope that people are not being trained using this BS.  

Jane Haggis's curator insight, August 17, 11:43 PM

silly

 

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Afghan Brides Dress To Impress, Fueling An Unlikely Business Boom

Afghan Brides Dress To Impress, Fueling An Unlikely Business Boom | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
In one of the world's poorest countries, where many women still wear head-to-toe burqas, lavish spending and competition among brides is fueling a boom in shops selling pricey and glamorous dresses.


Afghans live in one of the world's poorest countries — but you wouldn't know that from their lavish wedding ceremonies. Families sell possessions and borrow money . This wedding culture is part of the reason there's been a boom in women's dress shops in my neighborhood in Kabul, the Afghan capital.


It's still one of the most jarring contradictions in Afghanistan: watching women wearing headscarves, or full, head-to-toe blue burkas, walking down the street past store windows full of glamorous, low-cut gowns.

Seth Dixon's insight:

The merging of traditional and popular cultures makes for some of the more jarring and unexpected portions of the cultural mosaic.  Globalization is creating more unanticipated juxtapositions.  


Tags: Afghanistan, culture, folk cultures, culture, development, poverty, gender.

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In Richmond, students seek to revive ‘Rebel’ mascot

In Richmond, students seek to revive ‘Rebel’ mascot | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Students and alumni from a Richmond-area high school are seeking to revive the school’s historic mascot, a Confederate soldier known as the “Rebel Man,” spurring debate about the appropriateness of public school connections to the Civil War and its...
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Pope Francis: Central American Kids Crossing US Border Should Be ‘Welcomed and Protected’

Pope Francis: Central American Kids Crossing US Border Should Be ‘Welcomed and Protected’ | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
In a Monday letter to a Mexico City Vatican conference, Pope Francis wrote that the tens of thousands of Central American children illegally crossing into the United States should be “welcomed and protected.”
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Video: How do you pronounce ‘water?’

Video: How do you pronounce ‘water?’ | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
YouTube users across the United States have uploaded dozens of videos to demonstrate their local dialects. PostTV examined people’s accents and state-specific answers to an online list of common questions.
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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, July 16, 7:42 AM

unit 3, this is one of my favorite topics in class!

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Ramadan in Sweden with no dusk, no dawn

Ramadan in Sweden with no dusk, no dawn | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
During summer, the sun never sets in Sweden's northernmost town, posing challenges for Muslims observing the holy month.
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Like many early religious traditions, Ramadan is observed based on measurements from the moon and sun. The start of Ramadan is determined by the sighting of the new moon, which  moves about 11 days back in the Gregorian calendar each year. During Ramadan the consumption of food and water is prohibited between dawn and dusk, how do Muslims observing the fast manage in the far north of Scandinavia, where the sun never sets?  When Ramadan falls in December, however, Muslims will face the opposite of midnight sun: polar night. For two weeks, the sun does not rise above the horizon.

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The Geographic Legacy of Seinfeld

The Geographic Legacy of Seinfeld | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
25 years after the show's premiere, New York City is dotted with monuments to Jewish humor.
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Cultural Identity

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Two women from different parts of the world, showing allegiance with a gun, flag and holy book http://pic.twitter.com/NgjUOhcEOz 

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This juxtapostion is fascinating...

How are they the same? How are they different?  How does your own cultural identity impact how you judge these two images? 

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Should FIFA move the ball on racism?

Should FIFA move the ball on racism? | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Football federations have imposed higher fines for violating product placement rules than racism.
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Seinfeld's 25 greatest contributions to the English language

Seinfeld's 25 greatest contributions to the English language | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

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Twenty-five years ago this Saturday, Seinfeld debuted on NBC.

It didn’t do particularly well at first, but it slowly began gathering viewers and then — yada yada yada — it permanently changed the way that we, as New Yorkers, talk.

In honor of those 25 years, here are 25 things that Seinfeld added to the popular vernacular over the course of its nine seasons on the air (1989-98)."

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The cultural geographies of New York and the United States are heavily influenced by pop culture...and Seinfeld certainly changed the way people talked. 

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John Jung's curator insight, July 5, 8:52 AM

Classic!

MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 4:38 PM

APHG-U3

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How do 32 teams from 32 countries communicate at the World Cup?

How do 32 teams from 32 countries communicate at the World Cup? | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
With so many players and referees from different parts of the globe it's a wonder that World Cup soccer games operate as smoothly as they do. But, miscommunication has occurred on the field. In fact it was one incident during the 1966 World Cup in England that gave birth to the red card, yellow card system.
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This Woman Had Her Face Photoshopped In Over 25 Countries To Examine Global Beauty Standards

This Woman Had Her Face Photoshopped In Over 25 Countries To Examine Global Beauty Standards | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Through her work, Esther Honig hopes to discover if a global beauty standard actually exists.
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Is there a 'universal' beauty?  How is beauty constructed within societies?  Why are their differences between societies on what is beautiful?   

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'Runaway maids' tracked down on Kuwaiti Instagram

'Runaway maids' tracked down on Kuwaiti Instagram | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Local account uploads photos of 'escaped' domestic workers.
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Do UK Muslims need to 'be more British'?

Do UK Muslims need to 'be more British'? | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Prime Minister David Cameron's defence of 'British values' seen by critics as an attack on minorities.
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After 5 Months of Sales, Colorado Sees the Downside of a Legal High

After 5 Months of Sales, Colorado Sees the Downside of a Legal High | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Adult deaths and children’s emergency room visits in Colorado are being linked to newly legal marijuana, often in its edible form, and opponents of legalization are warning other states to pay heed.
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Understanding the cultural, political impacts of the Colorado's marijuana legalization can be quite difficult because proponents and  critics each are trying to use the evidence to support their position.  This New York Times article shows the negative impacts while this article emphasizes the positives.  Given both articles, what to you think the impacts are going to be? 

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Ukraine Faces Hurdles in Restoring Its Farming Legacy

Ukraine Faces Hurdles in Restoring Its Farming Legacy | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Once the breadbasket of the Soviet Union, the country is looking to agricultural production to help fix its economy and reduce its dependence on Russia.
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Urban geographer’s brush with the law risks sending cold chill through social science

Urban geographer’s brush with the law risks sending cold chill through social science | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

"Whether urban explorers are aware of it or not, their photographs show us how much of the world has been privatised, permanently segregated from the public by locks, hired guards, barbed wire and surveillance cameras for exclusive use by financial elites. This insight is a direct result of Garrett hanging out with these Underground spelunkers and skyscraper climbers. But hanging out with them also landed him in court.

Ethnographers do some deep hanging out. They work, play, live, joke, eat and sometimes fall in love with their subjects. The method builds empathy, rapport, trust, and ideally a transformation of the researcher into a person who has internalised and can communicate a small understanding of the values, discourses, and practices of the people they observe."

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Chris Kiser's curator insight, May 27, 6:52 PM

unit 7- this demonstrates incredibly well how the modern world has come to be imaged. it shows how urban centers develop and how they look in a way accessible enough to be analyzed and charted as data. it is also an eye opener to how commercial business and materialism have affected the way places look and where things are located within them.

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Third-generation Canadian was treated like a second-class citizen

Third-generation Canadian was treated like a second-class citizen | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Third-generation Canadian was treated like a second-class citizen Times Colonist “We need to take the next step and ensure that our education curriculum says clearly and categorically that it's not all roses and sunshine when we look at the history...
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This Facebook Page Allows Iranian Women to Share Selfies Sans Hijab

This Facebook Page Allows Iranian Women to Share Selfies Sans Hijab | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

"A Facebook page called Stealthy Freedoms of Iranian Women has garnered more than 200,000 likes since its creation at the beginning of this month. The idea behind it is simple: an anonymous platform for Iranian women to post photos of themselves without their head scarves.

As Mid East Faces reports, Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad, who moved to London in 2009, decided to create the page after receiving countless complaints from her female friends back home. They were jealous of her Facebook photos of "her hair blowing in the wind," Mid East Faces writes. 

Alinejad told the Guardian that she doesn't judge when it comes to whether or not a woman in Iran wants to wear a hijab."

Seth Dixon's insight:

The hijab is an incredibly complex cultural artifact full of social meanings all over the political spectrum.  This poster shows some of the social pressures exerted on women in Iran to wear the hijab.  Many hijab-wearing women don't want other women to be shamed into conforming.  

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