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The Decline of Detroit in Five Maps

The Decline of Detroit in Five Maps | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

"Detroit was once the nation’s fourth most-populous city. Today, it became the largest American city to file for bankruptcy."


"And no discussion of Detroit is complete without mention of race and segregation. In 1950, when Detroit's population was at its peak, the city was 82 percent white. After decades of white flight, that number is reversed: the city is now 82 percent black and 10 percent white. On the map below, Detroit's city limits are obvious—especially its northern boundary, along the infamous 'Eight Mile Road.'"

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Questions to Ponder: Why and how are the cultural patterns connected to the economic shifts in Detroit?  Why are the suburbs growing while parts of the central city are declining?    

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A/Prof Jon Willis's curator insight, August 6, 2013 6:30 PM

This is an intereseting technique to demonstrate population dynamics across time - wondering what an Indigenous population map of Brisbane during the last 30 years would look like ...

Jay Ratcliff's curator insight, August 8, 2013 7:35 AM

I like the article because once I got to the New York Times site, I could see my city's stats.

http://projects.nytimes.com/census/2010/explorer

Jay Ratcliff's comment, August 8, 2013 7:38 AM
I did not think that they showed the time aspect very clearly. I would have like to see more data from 1950 or any data before 2005. The article talks about the decline from the 50's but does not show much from that time period.
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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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NBA tells Cavs and Heat not to do '3 goggles' in Brazil, where it's offensive

NBA tells Cavs and Heat not to do '3 goggles' in Brazil, where it's offensive | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Please don't start an international incident, guys.


NBA players have a number of go-to celebrations — chest bumps, giving daps, running around and beating one's chest in the most confrontational manner possible, etc. One of the most popular in recent years has been "three goggles," the practice of putting fingers up to one's eyes in the shape of, well, goggles. It's now common enough that most American fans think nothing of it.

Yet that is definitely not the case in Brazil, where the gesture is very offensive. Enough so that the NBA has asked the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat not to use it in advance of Saturday's exhibition game in Rio de Janeiro. From Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group: Holding up the "three-sign" or the "three-goggles" in Brazil means "f--- you" or "f--- off."

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Muslim Pilgrims Are Taking "Hajj Selfies" And Clerics Are Not Happy

Muslim Pilgrims Are Taking "Hajj Selfies" And Clerics Are Not Happy | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Clerics are reportedly condemning the latest "selfie fever" at Islam's holiest sites.
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Luke Walker's curator insight, October 3, 3:31 AM

It was only a matter of time before this happened...

CT Blake's curator insight, October 5, 10:57 AM

More instances of how tech and cultural diffusion can impact culture...and create cultural conflicts.

Sarah Ann Glesenkamp's curator insight, October 26, 10:11 PM

Pop culture and religion

 

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The racial parenting divide: What Adrian Peterson reveals about black vs. white child-rearing

The racial parenting divide: What Adrian Peterson reveals about black vs. white child-rearing | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Black parenting is often too authoritative. White parenting is often too permissive. Both need to change
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This is a very interesting article that notes how parenting styles are often very different, one culture to the next. This additional article looks that the statistics behind spanking: it is seen as less acceptable today, but varies significantly by religion, region, party affiliation and race.  

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The 2,128 Native American Mascots People Aren't Talking About

The 2,128 Native American Mascots People Aren't Talking About | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

"Even if the Redskins became the Red Skins or the Red Flyers or the Red Snyders, there would still be thousands of other teams that reference Native American imagery. Whatever happens with the Redskins, there will still be the Estelline Redmen, Chief Illiniwek, and the West Texas Comanches, each upholding the questionable legacy of Native American sports names."


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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?

http://www.romani-story.com
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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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One Powerful Illustration Shows Exactly What's Wrong With How the West Talks About Ebola

One Powerful Illustration Shows Exactly What's Wrong With How the West Talks About Ebola | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
A picture is worth 1,000 hysterical cable news segments.


The fact that [Duncan] is black doesn't change the fact that because he's on U.S. soil, he deserves more attention in the eyes of the Western media.  It's not black vs. white in the eyes of the media, but the West vs. the rest.

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Tell me who you laugh at… and I will tell you who you are!

Tell me who you laugh at… and I will tell you who you are! | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

"My recent post discussed Russian jokes about the Chukchis. But why is this specific indigenous group among so many others is chosen as the butt of jokes about stupidity?"

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Stamford Hill council removes 'unacceptable' posters telling women which side of the road to walk down

Stamford Hill council removes 'unacceptable' posters telling women which side of the road to walk down | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
A London council has removed “unacceptable” posters instructing women which side of the road they should walk down.
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Part of this story is cultural misunderstandings, but I think that it is more than just that.  The signs were put up for an Orthodox Jewish street event; many in this community were shocked at the notion that anyone would attempt to regulate the use of space based on gender.  Some even put up protest signs saying, "women – please feel free to walk wherever you want…it’s 2014."

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The Pornography of Jihadism

The Pornography of Jihadism | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

"Like gonzo porn, ISIS’s beheading videos are way out there. But the new element isn’t violence. The new element is degradation. Walter Laqueur, the esteemed historian and luminary of terrorism studies, writes of the 'barbarization of terrorism,' where the enemy 'not only has to be destroyed, he (or she) also has to suffer torment.' ISIS represents the apotheosis of this development, completing the degradation of the enemy by filming the whole process. But the group’s propaganda also signifies a new phase in how terrorist acts are communicated and disseminated to the wider world. Forty years ago, the international terrorism expert Brian M. Jenkins remarked that 'terrorism is theater.' What Jenkins could not have envisaged at the time was the speed and ease with which images of terror can now be produced and distributed. Nor could he have imagined just how prevalent and grotesquely pornographic terrorist theater has become, and how radically gonzo the groups are who stage it."

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