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Historical, Cultural and Social Issues of place and space
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Roma Children Removals Make Us Wonder What Family Looks Like

Roma Children Removals Make Us Wonder What Family Looks Like | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
The removal of Roma kids from their European families gives multiracial Americans pause for thought.
Seth Dixon's insight:

These recent cases of blonde children being 'rescued' from kidnappers who were in fact their biological parents makes me wonder: Would the parentage a darker-skinned child of blonde parents be equally scrutinized?  Is this racial profiling?  

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Policing Village Moral Codes as Women Stream to India’s Cities

Policing Village Moral Codes as Women Stream to India’s Cities | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
As young Indian women leave rural homes to finish their education in cities, they balance their new freedom against the social norms of their villages back home.
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Leaving the village is much harder than simply migrating to the big city--the village follows you. 

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We’re a Culture, Not a Costume

We’re a Culture, Not a Costume | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Controversy surrounding racist Halloween costumes have become a routine part of the holiday on college campuses.
Seth Dixon's insight:

Halloween costumes, especially at college-aged parties are designed to shock, push the boundaries of acceptability and do things that you normally 'wouldn't be able to get away with.'   These students at Ohio State are pushing back a little, reminding classmates that Halloween isn't an excuse to be racist...where is the line?  I don't have all the answers to that but think that it is worth considering BEFORE Halloween night.  


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11 Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures

11 Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
The relationship between words and their meaning is a fascinating one, and linguists have spent countless years deconstructing it, taking it apart letter by letter, and trying to figure out why there are so many feelings and ideas that we...
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Language is not a perfect mirror into the mind.  How we think is about the world around us is subtly shaped by the language(s) that we speak and from the cultural context within which that language has emerged.   

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Oktoberfest 2013

Oktoberfest 2013 | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
The beer halls are empty and steins put away from the 180th Oktoberfest in Munich. The world's largest traditional Bavarian beer festival, celebrated by an estimated 6 million visitors, wrapped up last Sunday.
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Renata Hill's comment, October 14, 2013 6:52 PM
I so want to attend this festival some time!
megan b clement's comment, December 16, 2013 12:06 AM
In Munich the world's largest Bavarian beer festival Oktoberfest is a good time for the millions of visitors. Only six local brewers beers were featured in this festival. The festival starts on September 21st and goes through to October 6th. It is a good time for all!
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Computer Programming Used To Be Women’s Work

Computer Programming Used To Be Women’s Work | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Today, computer programmers are expected to be male, nerdy and antisocial - an odd, and self fulfilling prophesy that forgets the women that the entire field was built upon
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This article highlights how notions of gender and gender roles are culturally mediated and change over time. 

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Ashley Raposo's curator insight, October 16, 2013 7:56 PM

Computor programming was thought to be a woman's job, just like making your home work you can make a computer work. But when Men of the time saw this area of careers controlled by women they made it so tests for this career were targeted for men to pass. Now it is a science far from being it's once woman oriented path. Gender inequality is very simple to see in the eyes of a computer programmer.

Sarah Ziolkowski's curator insight, January 1, 6:33 PM

This article applies to the  gender cultural differences sub unit. This article focuses on the change in gender roles in the computer software industry. An industry that males dominate today, was actually once considered a job for women. This wasn't becauseof gender equality, but that the cultural values for gender placed computer software as a job for women.  The few men in the computer industry put a lot of effort into taking women out of that work, and succeeded, completely changing the workforce in the computer software industry. This is a great example of cultural differences in our society and how much it can affect us. 

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Miss America crowns 1st winner of Indian descent

Miss America crowns 1st winner of Indian descent | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
She's the second consecutive New York beauty queen to take the Miss America title, but she's the first Indian-American to wear the national crown.
Seth Dixon's insight:

Quoting directly from the article, "Racists took to Twitter to lambaste the pageant for picking an Indian-American."  This got me the thinking about the topic from multiple perspectives.  First of all, the United States is becoming increasingly diverse as the white population's fertility rate is slowing and this is seen as emblematic of that shift.  But does disagreeing with the pageant's evaluation of beauty make all of the critics racists?  Certainly not; although I'm sure their was a strong racist undercurrent to the much of the criticism, the pageant seeks to quantitatively measure and rank beauty.  The idea of beauty is culturally constructed and varies based on the cultural milleu of the individual; there is perhaps nothing more subjective in the world, and the criteria for beauty has changed over time, and certainly various across space as many culture value different attributes.  Why is anyone arguing about the bias in the selection process of Miss America when the process is inherently subjective and based on the cultural preferences of the judges?  Maybe the real question is this: why is anyone evaluating the worth and importance of women in society based on evening gown poise and swimsuit appearance?              

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Linda Alexander's comment, September 16, 2013 11:55 PM
I agree with your overall assessment, Seth, but do feel the twitter feed is worthy of further examination. I also noted that this winner, for a change, is advocating for girls in the STEM fields and appears to be quite different from the norm. She looks different, thinks different and acts different. Is that another reason for the unsettling discomfort that sparked the racists remarks? Yes, but sorry, but the world really is changing folks, so deal with it. Anyhow, it's a step in the right direction when beauty is not defined by age-old standards, thinking and behavior. However, at the end of the day, I don't particularly like beauty contests either and didn't watch this one....
Alison Antonelli's curator insight, September 25, 2013 7:32 PM

I think this is really cool. That is something to be extremely proud of, to be the first Indian-American to win Miss America.

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Superimposed Borders

Sir Archibald Mapsalot III solves regional tensions in the Middle East.
Seth Dixon's insight:

This entertaining, irreverent video clip highlights the fact that some of the political issues in the Middle East today are a legacy of colonialism.  During World War I, the French and the British secretly planned to carve up the Ottoman Empire, which was an ally of Germany. The current border of Syria is a legacy of that deal.  The would-be cartographers failed to understand the ethnic and religious complexity of that area; let’s not repeat history.  


Tags: borders, colonialism, SyriaMiddleEast, conflict, political.

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Joy Kinley's curator insight, September 9, 2013 10:31 AM

What we think of as permanent countries were often created as part of the colonial past.  Boundaries were done for the benefit of the former colonizer not for the new country and this legacy still causes problems today.

Mrs. B's curator insight, October 5, 2013 9:40 AM

Mapsalot. 

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The Middle East, explained in one (sort of terrifying) chart

The Middle East, explained in one (sort of terrifying) chart | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

"What could be simpler than the Middle East? A well-known Egyptian blogger who writes under the pseudonym The Big Pharaoh put together this chart laying out the region’s rivalries and alliances. He’s kindly granted me permission to post it, so that Americans might better understand the region. The joke is that it’s not a joke; this is actually pretty accurate."

Seth Dixon's insight:

"The enemy of my enemy is my friend" is a well-quoted phrase to simplify Middle Eastern political alliances and rivalries.  Seeing this web, you can only imagine that living by that dictum can certainly lead to complicated geopolitical conflicts among countries and culture groups.

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BandKids13-14's comment, August 28, 2013 9:50 AM
Did anyone else notice that both Al Qaeda and the U.S. are FOR syria rebels, and against Assad?
Avonna Swartz's curator insight, August 30, 2013 11:13 AM

Interesting and (as it says) terrifying.

Todd Parsons's curator insight, September 2, 2013 10:06 AM

So we should have peace in the Middle East in maybe 7.59 billion years when the sun goes all red giant and we all burn up anyway. However, in the meantime...check out this cool chart of friends and foes. It all makes sense now, yah?

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Cycling Culture in Copenhagen

Cycling Culture in Copenhagen | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
More than a third of Copenhageners bike to school or work, but it hasn't always been that way -- and city officials say that's not nearly enough.

Biking here was stress-free — quite a contrast to my route to work in Seattle, which one international bike expert recently called “death-defying.”

Seth Dixon's insight:

Forms of transportation are typically seen in terms of technological developments, but the cultural institutions can either support or hinder the diffusion.  In Copenhagen, bikes are as common as vacuum cleaners because of a cultural movement supported by political initiatives to incentivize cycling and promote sustainable transit and active lifestyles.  Read the first part of this series where an American tourist is pleasantly baffled by European cycling culture. 

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Adilson Camacho's curator insight, September 1, 2013 5:44 PM

Very good! 

Sarah Ziolkowski's curator insight, January 1, 6:25 PM

This article applies to the  concepts of culture unit, specifically the diffusion section. It talks about Copenhagen's new cycling culture emerging after the government's efforts to neutralize CO2. 36% of the city's population bikes to work or school, a number they'd like to increase. However, they are still well ahead of The United State's highest percent in Portland, Oregon of 6%. Copenhagen's action could be a model for your community to change to biking. 

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Rap, Drugs, And Hijabs: 13 Things You Should Know About Young Iran

Rap, Drugs, And Hijabs: 13 Things You Should Know About Young Iran | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
The future of Iran will be determined by the first post-Revolution generation. Here's what they're like.
Seth Dixon's insight:

Iran's "Baby Boomer" generation was born in the wake of the 1979 Islamic Revolution took power in the country.  This young generation now is reaching the prime of their lives and has a great deal of power to control the destiny of their country. 

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Siri Anderson's curator insight, August 25, 2013 9:52 AM

Who knew? Would be nice to have students develop some raps that appealed to democratic, peaceful, shared-world sensibilities.

Mrs. B's curator insight, October 5, 2013 9:36 AM

POPULATION PYRAMIDS!

Isabelle Zahn's curator insight, January 18, 3:02 PM

In this article you see the concept of gender population and folk culture. This article talks about how Iran has had their baby boom population in there right now between the mid teens and the mid-20s. It also talks about how all of the young people are starting to control everything and things are becoming run by the young people. Most of the government is run by young people there all of the young people are just starting to pop up and down getting married as you get there I having more kids because it's a big huge population of young people. This has an impact on every music sucks local national and international communities because every community at some point will have a baby boom generation for us right now it's kind of an older generation for other countries the younger generations so really every time she goes through these baby-boom stages. Some short-term effects of this could be a lot of new births because all the people are starting to get a little bit older because their mid teens to mid 20s they will be getting married soon and will want have families.  Some long-term effects could be another baby boom generation possibly coming because of this baby boom generation all the side to have kids that he couldn't another baby boom generation were everybody wants to have a kid so their country may decide to good use birth control or something that will reduce the chances of having another baby good population because their country can't support all of those people. 

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Is the Spanish language white?

Is the Spanish language white? | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

"As the immigration reform bill hangs in the balance in Congress, it is worth considering the history -- rather, the long histories -- of some of the key issues it tackles. One of them is the status of the Spanish language in the United States and its vexed relationship to the category of whiteness, and to the majority white, English-speaking population."

Seth Dixon's insight:

I was initially startling to read this headline in the paper (yes I do occasionally read those when I can get my hands on one for free).  Being a Mexican-American Spanish speaker, I think I might be hyper-sensitive to this issue since the very concept of 'whiteness' has been used as justification for institutionalized discrimination.  Once I got over my immediate defensive reaction, I was able to see that it was a thoughful piece that explored the history of how we think about race in the United States; even if the concept of race is not genetically sound, it still plays a powerful role in how we think about peoples and places.

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Treathyl Fox's comment, August 11, 2013 9:43 AM
Is the Spanish language white? (??) Must confess. Would have never thought to ask this question.
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An American Coach in London

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This is comedy sketch, but it is only funny because the cultural differences and rules between football and football (soccer and American football) are quite stark.  

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Cultural Politics in Texas

Cultural Politics in Texas | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Amarillo, TX - The controversy surrounding the sale of alcohol in Donley County continues after new signs in town caused the debate to pick up steam.
Seth Dixon's insight:

This is a fascinating layer on the cultural landscape...and the fact that some wish this issue weren't so prominent is just one other dimension to this reflection/production of place. 

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Todd Parsons's curator insight, October 26, 2013 9:57 AM

perfect intersection of religion and pokitics on tge cultural landscape

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Black Boys Have an Easier Time Fitting In at Suburban Schools Than Black Girls

Black Boys Have an Easier Time Fitting In at Suburban Schools Than Black Girls | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Minority young men are considered by their white peers to be cool and tough; minority young women, on the other hand, are stereotyped as "ghetto" and "loud."
Seth Dixon's insight:

Questions to ponder: How do issues of race, class and gender intersect in this article?  How come this is the pattern of cultural acceptance in suburban schools?  What can/should be done to change this?     

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Renata Hill's comment, October 22, 2013 8:34 PM
Huh. An interesting study result.
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As US demographics change, so does the menu

As US demographics change, so does the menu | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
MIAMI (AP) — Salsa overtaking ketchup as America's No. 1 condiment was just the start.


These days, tortillas outsell burger and hot dog buns; sales of tortilla chips trump potato chips; and tacos and burritos have become so ubiquitously "American," most people don't even consider them ethnic.  Welcome to the taste of American food in 2013.

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Sarah Ziolkowski's curator insight, December 14, 2013 12:11 PM

This article  showcases the acculturation of Hispanic foods into the American menu, and applies  to the  concepts of culture unit. It focuses on the ever increasing sale of tortillas, salsa, and tortilla chips, and also the adaptation of Hispanic flavors and food into Classic American restaurants. This trend promotes predictions that tortilla chips will outsell potato chips, while salsa already outsells ketchup. Every community has proof of this, as ethnic foods begin to make their way out of the international food aisle and into the aisles of bread and condiments. 

megan b clement's curator insight, December 16, 2013 12:20 PM

This article talks about how as we become more diverse in the United States our taste has changed as well. Alot of Latin Food has become the most popular food in stores or markets. Tortillas and salsa outselling potato chips or hot dogs. Times are changing as well as the demographic and its traditions.

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China's generation gap

China's generation gap | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

"Chinese parents bemoan the laziness and greed of their children, but this generation of young people has had enough.  Parents who spent their own twenties labouring on remote farms have children who measure their world in malls, iPhones, and casual dates."

Seth Dixon's insight:

China rapid economic ascent has been astounding, but it has led to some interesting cultural dynamics as parents and children are literally from different worlds. 

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Racist Costumes?

Racist Costumes? | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Seth Dixon's insight:

Halloween is an intriguing cultural festival that reveals much about society.  For many, it is a time to push the boundaries of what is acceptable social behavior and subvert cultural norms.  I think this set of images reveals that cultural senstivity can be low as many are hoping to push the envelope.   

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Justin McCullough's curator insight, October 13, 2013 11:04 PM

I've never celebrated Halloween mainly because I feel like it's open season for offensive things like this to occur. Although some of them may be a little funny, I can see how these costumes can be offensive to certain cultures. However, what i find really offensive is that people actually try to defend their blatantly racist costumes. Yet, for many Halloween is a cultural norm and any perceived attack on a cultural/social norm will be strongly defended even if that practice is openly/purposefully offending another group of certain people.

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Muslim beauty pageant challenges Miss World contest

Muslim beauty pageant challenges Miss World contest | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

"Muslim women from six countries defy western beauty ideals, emphasize spirituality.  Organizers of the event said they wanted to show Muslim women there is an alternative to the idea of beauty put forward by the British-run Miss World pageant. They also stress that opposition to the pageant can be expressed non-violently." 

Seth Dixon's insight:

Recently I posted about Miss America and how it became a discussion on race in the United States.  This article is futher reading to show that beauty is culturally constructed and subjectively evaluated. There is no one universal standard of beauty and many argue that events such as Miss World and Miss Universe privilege Western cultural notions of beauty at the expense of other places cultural values.


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Rawr_adventuretime's comment, October 3, 2013 1:27 PM
This is social because the gender relations is women defying ideas of beauty and expressing beauty through spirit instead of body and looks c:
Mrs. B's curator insight, October 5, 2013 9:34 AM

What do you think?

Hannah Hitchcock's curator insight, December 13, 2013 1:54 PM

This article is a really good example on how beauty is a cultural perception. American pleople have a skewed idea of beauty, those shown above not being in that category. In other countries, these women might be extreamly beautiful, but the American perception doesn't believe the same things.  

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#thehubisnotaplayground Hits Penn State After Offensive Tweet

#thehubisnotaplayground Hits Penn State After Offensive Tweet | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
An offensive tweet this afternoon sparked the amazing #thehubisnotaplayground Twitter hashtag.
Seth Dixon's insight:

'The HUB' is the main building on campus for student life at Penn State; it is designed to be homey and the center of indoor social activities.  This offensive tweet sparked an debate about the cultural usages of public places and racial sensitivity.  I was delighted that the Penn State online community was both thoughtful and entertaining in their online responses to a weighty topic.  Unfortunately this isn't the first PSU scandal of this nature, but it now the community is working towards having a more inclusive cultural ethos.     

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Denise Pacheco's curator insight, September 24, 2013 10:49 AM

I understand why she posted this because she probably was trying to focus/study, but she definitely did not need to take it to the extreme. I'm so sick of people being racist or making stereotypical remarks. Black people are not the only ones who are loud all the time. Spanish people and white people can be just as loud at times. And who cares if they are? Whatever happened to freedom of speech and expression? These minority students pay for tuition just like everyone else. So I feel like they should be able to do as they please and enjoy college because that's what it's all about at the end of the day. Sorry Ashley, if you don't like it then go sit/stand somewhere else. 

Rola Fahs's curator insight, November 13, 2013 10:37 AM

This link might be too provocative for a freshman or sophomore class, but when doing a unit on technology in a geography class, links like these that show how technology should not be used, is a perfect way to teach students a lesson on responsibilty. I would recommend this to all teachers that plan to use technology in their classrooms and show the affects when technology is used the wrong way. Technology is the best thing we have but it is also the worst thing. As teachers we can use this to instill responsibility in our students and show them what happens when things like that are said. 

megan b clement's comment, December 15, 2013 11:39 PM
I think that this is complete ignorance. People who were never taught not to think before they think, she clearly was not. It was not only ignorant, but racist. I hope there was consequences to her actions.
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These Are All the Places That Europeans Actually Discovered

These Are All the Places That Europeans Actually Discovered | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Of all the places you think were discovered by Europeans, how many were actually discovered by Europeans?
Seth Dixon's insight:

In Western society there is a good deal of Euro-centric views that change our cultural perception of events.  This is map does highlight the fact that European exploration of the oceans was profound, but with the important caveat that the largest land masses had already be 'found' be other people long before the arrival of European explorers.

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Lauren Jacquez's curator insight, August 31, 2013 3:01 PM

Really?

Ignacio Garrido's curator insight, September 4, 2013 6:18 AM

Exercise 1

 

Read the new :

 

1. What was the first country in discover another place ? and the last one ?

2. What decade were the discoveries in ?

3. Why does the author of the new write "discovered" ?

4. What kind ( geographical characteristics ) of territories are the mostly of the discoveries ?

5. Give your personal opinion about text

 

Answer it on the Moodle plattform. Good Luck ¡¡

Remember put the number of exercise ¡¡

 

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, March 5, 5:03 PM

This mpa depicts the European discoveries that have transpired throughout the years and where they have been invented in Europe. Many of them have been created in regions near Portugal and the Spain/Austria Hungry regions. This shows you the percentage and the amount of people it has affected in each region.

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What Religion Does Your Member Of Congress Identify With?

What Religion Does Your Member Of Congress Identify With? | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
A breakdown of Congress' religious makeup. One nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.
Seth Dixon's insight:

The geography of religion has been a longstanding concern of cultural geographers.  I found a curious political/religious map of the United States (a map that is partially explained by understanding some of the patterns on the map above).  The most typical religious maps show where particular religions are pre-dominant.  This map shows territories marked not by the faith of the residents but by the religion of the local congressmen.  This make me wonder:  Is this map religious or political? Is there valuable information to glean from this maps or is it simply a fun curiosity?  How does the religious geography of the United States impact political geography (or vice versa)?    


Tags: religion, culture, diffusion, mapping, historical, cartography.

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Adilson Camacho's curator insight, August 24, 2013 8:02 PM

Cultural geography! Very intersting!

Adilson Camacho's comment, August 24, 2013 8:03 PM
http://mappingmormonism.byu.edu/?page_id=12
Hannah Hitchcock's curator insight, December 13, 2013 2:09 PM

This map adds interesting insight to how Religion might affect Congress. America is a very Christian country, supported by the map. The other non-Christian religions are shown to be condensed in to small or isolated areas. This also supports the stereotypical ideas we have of the regions in America. Baptist for exapmle, is highly popular in the south. This is typically the religion we associate with the south. The Mid-West is an area with a high Mormon population, therefore it makes sense that the representatives fom those states consist of Mormon religious people. 

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When Stephanie got her facts wrong: One Nation candidate makes gaffe after gaffe in TV interview

When Stephanie got her facts wrong: One Nation candidate makes gaffe after gaffe in TV interview | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Is it halal, haram or Koran?
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This video clip shows a political candidate who is trying to limit the cultural spread of Islam in Australia; unfortunately for her she makes some horrendous erroneous cultural statements (to be fair, the interview was edited to highlight only the factually incorrect statement that she made).  Cultural ignorance is fince, but when combined with a highly opinionated platform it creates a dangerous ideological position.  And if you want another classic gaffe on cultural geography that is painful to watch, see Miss Teen Carolina blunder along trying to answer a beauty pageant question.

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Jenny Ebermann's comment, August 20, 2013 5:07 PM
LOL, very funny but sad at the same time!
Mrs. B's curator insight, October 5, 2013 9:41 AM

This is bad. Real bad. THoughts?

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Germany Fights Population Drop

Germany Fights Population Drop | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
As German towns work to hide the emptiness, demographers say a similar fate awaits other European countries, with frightening implications for the economy.
Seth Dixon's insight:

I've be recently writing about declining populations on my Geography Education page; in the past I saw this as a demographic issue with primarily economic roots.  The more and more I read about this I see it as having profound cultural implications.  Countries such as Germany have shrinking fertility rates, but to continue to strengthen their economy and create jobs they have guest worker programs.  As the country becomes more multicultural, Germany has faced cultural difficulties as ethnic Germans and immigrants (and their descendents) rethink what it means to be German.  

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Adilson Camacho's curator insight, August 17, 2013 8:55 PM

Yes, identity!

Holly Hough's curator insight, December 8, 2013 3:35 PM

Germany is undergoing a population crisis. The population is plunging due to a high number of elderly people (the dependency ratio is 1:4) and the desire of women to be in the workforce. As a result, the women are not having children. There is a large number of young people who have obtained educations, but are unable to find work, which makes them less likely to want to have kids and start a family. This is a push factor for them to immigrate to another country where they can find work. This leaves Germany with higher dependency ratios and pushes them further towards economic crisis. Germany and many other European countries are offering incentives to women to have children, such as 24 hour child care, tax breaks, and money for married couples. Some fear fertility rates have fallen below replacement level. Just what will Germany do, “part of the solution lies in remaking values, customs and attitudes in a country that has a troubled history with accepting immigrants.” Germany will have to work to pull immigrants to their country to regenerate their population. Who knows where Germany will be 50 years from now?

Sarah Ziolkowski's curator insight, December 31, 2013 11:05 AM

This article applies to how values and preferences impacts an area. For Germany, their low birth rates are being caused by highly valuing  single mothers and discouraging immigrants to stay in their country.  These  unfavorable birth rates may be a future for many other highly developed countries, or already are a part of many countries. This could happen to your home, so your values or preferences may be come a problem to the economy. Low birth rates and unwelcomed immigration are causing decreased work force and increased demand in Germany, that they can't fulfill. It also causes an uneven population between the young and old population. 

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Kids React to Controversial Cheerios Commercial

Kids React to Controversial Cheerios Commercial | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

"Here, kids watch the needlessly controversial Cheerios commercial featuring a biracial family and comment on it. None of them can tell the interviewer what’s wrong with the spot.  The video is part of a Fine Bros. series that has kids, teens, and elderly people react to viral videos, news stories, or trends."    

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Audrey's curator insight, August 14, 2013 3:50 PM

This is an example of what results when youngsters are given the freedom to express their own opinions on media representations without adult intervention.