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Burning Man at 25 years

Burning Man at 25 years | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
The 25th Burning Man festival, with a theme of "Rites of Passage," took place Aug. 29 to Sept. 5, 2011, 120 miles outside Reno, Nev., in the Black Rock Desert, its home since 1990.

 

Counter-cultural festivals, alternative spiritualities and monuments to impermanance.  Why do festivals like this attract so many?  What does it culturally say about the participants and the society they leave behind?

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Donald Dane's comment, December 10, 2013 10:21 AM
A CRAZY HIPPY EVENT HELD IN THE DESERT OF NEVADA. ill be going next year though looked out of this world. this land has a very unique shape and can be seen from google earth as this perfect circle formation.
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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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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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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."


Tagsplaceregions, culture religion, Middle East, media.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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 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 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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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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For Yazidis, Exile From Spiritual Homeland in Iraq Dilutes Ancient Culture

For Yazidis, Exile From Spiritual Homeland in Iraq Dilutes Ancient Culture | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Some are contemplating migration, severing ties to their holy land. Others want to stay and protect their shrines.


The Yazidis were propelled into the international spotlight last month, when tens of thousands fled on foot, climbing into the imposing but largely barren Sinjar Mountain range to escape IS militants besieging them at its base. It's clear from talking with displaced Yazidis that entire villages have been emptied of their inhabitants.  The Yazidis' esoteric faith is intricately tied to their land, which is why their displacement and the prospect of mass migration cuts deeper even than the pain of losing one's home.

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Losing religion at college? New study flips the common wisdom

Losing religion at college? New study flips the common wisdom | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

"A college degree used to mean people were more likely to lose religion. Now, some people are losing religion whether they went to college or not but it’s especially true for those who didn’t go to college."

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Why Isn’t “Arkansas” Pronounced Like “Kansas”?

Why Isn’t “Arkansas” Pronounced Like “Kansas”? | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Kansas and Arkansas aren't so far from each other on the map, but their names seem to want nothing to do with each other. Though they share all but two letters in common, Kansas comes out as "KANzis" and Arkansas as "ARkansaw." Why so different?
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New Zealand's Wild Haka

ESPN Video: In the USA-New Zealand FIBA matchup, the USA players are very confused by New Zealand's pregame Haka.

Via Mr. David Burton
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I've enjoyed the Haka, a ritualized war dance that the New Zealand teams often perform just before a match (and can't we argue that sports a form of ritualized warfare?).  The clash of cultural contexts is  of New Zealand and Team USA is what makes this video work for me. 

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MsPerry's curator insight, September 6, 4:37 PM

APHG-U3

Sarah Mahoney's curator insight, October 9, 8:14 PM

Great example of cultural diversity

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Jews expelled from Guatemala village

Jews expelled from Guatemala village | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Lev Tahor community "forced out" after villagers say they felt intimidated by the group's lack of contact with locals.
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Cultural differences can be subtle or jarring.  This case is one that the differences in the community was so great that there were two parallel communities coexisting in the same space.  More than anything, the overtness of their religious orthodoxy were markers of otherness, that didn't lead to assimilation and interaction, but fueled their distinctiveness and isolation.  The Guatemalan village, in essence, didn't feel comfortable with their 'otherness' and demanded that they leave.  The Lev Tahor are considered far more conservative than most ultra orthodox groups and their customs have clashed with Canadian and Guatemalan officials as well as most of the Jewish world. Does the state have the the right or even duty to investigate what is occurring in 'closed' communities?  When should a group's religious liberties considered secondary?      

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What’s in a Name? Ole Miss Wants to Stop Using Its Nickname.

"To most University of Mississippi students and alumni, calling the institution 'Ole Miss' is just natural. It’s what people say. University email addresses are @olemiss.edu, not @umiss.edu. But not everyone likes the name. The University’s announcement on Friday that, as part of a review of race relations at the university, it would encourage 'appropriate' use of the term won praise from some quarters but plenty of criticism. So did a series of other announcements by the university, which is hoping to change its association with symbols of the Confederacy."

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When referring to heritage and cultural traditions and icons of our cultural landscapes, it is good to reflect on these questions, "Who's heritage is being represented?" 

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The Ferguson Syllabus

The Ferguson Syllabus | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Sociologists for Justice have compiled a compelling and engaging list of readings that inform the socio-historical context of the events in Ferguson, MO.
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Some schools have banned the discussion of Ferguson from the classroom; ironically this same school claims to "prepare our children to live and work in an ever-changing global society."   This set of readings is more than just some op-eds about Ferguson (there are a million), but academic readings that explore the issues that were just under the surface during these protests. 

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For Parents Of Young Black Men With Autism, Extra Fear About Police

For Parents Of Young Black Men With Autism, Extra Fear About Police | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
People with autism often have trouble communicating with police, which can be dangerous — and scary for parents who also worry about racial profiling. Now, some cities are trying to mitigate the risk.


Lorraine Spencer has been watching the news from Ferguson, Mo., where an unarmed black 18-year-old was shot and killed by police, and worrying about her own son's safety. Jermaine is 16 years old and bi-racial, with a dark complexion. He also has autism and wants to be more independent, especially as he nears adulthood.

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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, 11:31 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, 11:32 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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