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"Political Landscapes"

"Political Landscapes" | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

While touring Kevin Babola's art studio yesterday, I found this thought-provoking piece entitled ‘Political Landscapes.’ I greatly enjoyed my conversation with the artist about the political, economic and urban visions that went into this painting.  The conceptual idea behind this painting started when the artist was exploring the neighborhoods of New Bedford, MA and noticed how a sense of place can change very quickly. I dare say most cities have areas similar to the one portrayed here where the socioeconomic character changes very abruptly. While physically it might be very easy to cross from the side of the street with tenements to the neighborhood with single family homes, making that transition permanent is incredibly difficult.

 

Questions to ponder: what leads to cities having abrupt changes in the urban fabric? What might this chasm represent to people on either side of the divide? How does this impact the neighborhood institutions (schools, local government, etc.)?  Please visit the artist's webpage at: http://www.kbolaillustration.com

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 16, 2013 1:03 PM

While touring Kevin Babola's art studio yesterday, I found this thought-provoking piece entitled ‘Political Landscapes.’ I greatly enjoyed my conversation with the artist about the political, economic and urban visions that went into this painting.  The conceptual idea behind this painting started when the artist was exploring the neighborhoods of New Bedford, MA and noticed how a sense of place can change very quickly. I dare say most cities have areas similar to the one portrayed here where the socioeconomic character changes very abruptly. While physically it might be very easy to cross from the side of the street with tenements to the neighborhood with single family homes, making that transition permanent is incredibly difficult.

 

Questions to ponder: what leads to cities having abrupt changes in the urban fabric? What might this chasm represent to people on either side of the divide? How does this impact the neighborhood institutions (schools, local government, etc.)?  Please visit the artist's webpage at: http://www.kbolaillustration.com

Donald Dane's comment, December 10, 2013 8:41 AM
this picture meant a lot to me simple due to the fact that I've lived in the city of providence for the last three years now. everywhere I look in the city shows an identical view to this picture that protrays inner-city compact houses vs grass and space of the kind of suburbs. on the right is the inner-city version where houses are only separated by a one car width driveway and are two to three stores high to accommadate more families and people. the left side of the picture protrays a more suburb area of the city. but this area isn't necessarily the suburbs because it would be an area just minute outside of the busy city center like a north providence or east providence area. in north providence yes you technically have a yard and grass but it is so small that you mine as well have scissors to cut the lawn. with a bite more space houses being more single family oriented this is more luxurious than the left side of the picture
Denise Pacheco's curator insight, December 17, 2013 1:27 PM

This pictures shows the difference between the city and suburbs. Even in the same city, you can  have some parts that look more economically wealthier. But looking at it from a political view, I would guess that the whole in the ground that divides the two neighborhoods would be the line that divides democrats and republicans. City folk tend to vote more democrat because they want the government to assist the people. WHile Republicans tend to look out more for themselves.

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Outraged by the Attacks on Yazidis? It Is Time to Help

Outraged by the Attacks on Yazidis? It Is Time to Help | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Empathy is not enough for me and other women brutalized by the Islamic State. We need the chance to revive our homeland.
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Swiss town denies passport to Dutch vegan because she is ‘too annoying’

Swiss town denies passport to Dutch vegan because she is ‘too annoying’ | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

"A Dutch vegan who applied for a Swiss passport has had her application rejected because the locals found her too annoying.
Nancy Holten, 42, moved to Switzerland from the Netherlands when she was eight years old and now has children who are Swiss nationals. However, when she tried to get a Swiss passport for herself, residents of Gipf-Oberfrick in the canton of Aargau rejected her application. Ms Holten, a vegan and animal rights activist, has campaigned against the use of cowbells in the village and her actions have annoyed the locals. The resident’s committee argued that if she does not accept Swiss traditions and the Swiss way of life, she should not be able to become an official national."

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Fighting against local customs and place-based traditions can have some political repercussions

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Once a Year, Thousands of Sheep Take Over Madrid

Once a Year, Thousands of Sheep Take Over Madrid | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
This festival celebrates the centuries-old tradition of seasonal livestock migration.
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Norway's Slow TV: Fascinating viewers for hours or days at a time

Norway's Slow TV: Fascinating viewers for hours or days at a time | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
A surprise hit: Very long television broadcasts of train rides, cruises, burning firewood and knitting
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The Congo Dandies: living in poverty and spending a fortune to look like a million dollars

“La Sape” is a unique movement based in Congo that unites fashion-conscious men who are ready to splurge money they don’t really have on designer clothes
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Outrage erupts over 'racist' detergent ad

Outrage erupts over 'racist' detergent ad | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
A black man and a young Chinese woman are flirting, as he leans in for a kiss she thrusts a detergent capsule in his mouth and bundles him into a laundry machine.
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Swiss deny citizenship to Muslim girls who balked at swimming with boys

Swiss deny citizenship to Muslim girls who balked at swimming with boys | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

"In the latest move to deny citizenship to those who balk at Swiss culture, authorities rejected the naturalization application of two Muslim girls who refused to take school swimming lessons because boys were present.  In Switzerland, unlike in the United States and many other countries, integration into society is more important for naturalization than knowledge of national history or politics. Candidates for citizenship must prove that they are well assimilated in their communities and respect local customs and traditions."

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Peyton Barnes's curator insight, February 23, 2017 7:05 PM
This article really shows how bothered we get when we see others from different cultures. In class, we talked about how easy it is to be weirded out by people from different backgrounds. This reading is absolutely crazy to me, they actually fined the students for what they believe in. Yes, it is a different country than America but I mean seriously. 
Carson Dean Williamson's curator insight, March 1, 2017 1:25 PM
This relates to our class by the insight of other cultures hardships. These people were not accepted because of their customs.
Anthony Neely's curator insight, March 13, 2017 10:15 AM
This relates to culture because it shows how certain peoples belief are not excepted in other place and can cause contoversy other the topic. I believe this is not a way to treat people based in culture or religious beliefs 
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Norwegian gives Lutheran hymns an Afghan twist

With its roots in gospel music, jazz has always had a spiritual side. Now a Norwegian jazz pianist is taking the Lutheran hymns of his youth to a wholly new and unexpected level.

Tord Gustavsen wanted to explore and reinterpret those Norwegian Lutheran songs of his youth. Then one day he heard a German-Afghan vocalist, Simin Tander. He loved her phrasing and intonation in the Pashto language.

What would happen, he wondered, if the hymns of his youth were sung in Pashto, a language spoken in Afghanistan and parts of Pakistan?

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Eating Somali food? Don't forget the banana, or you might get humiliated online

Eating Somali food? Don't forget the banana, or you might get humiliated online | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
What I learned about identity and the Somali diaspora after I went viral for not making proper use of a banana while eating a Somali meal.

 

Somali millennials around the world were laughing at me (definitely not with me) for failing Somali Cuisine 101. I received a steady stream of replies about the banana for the next couple of days. Humbling as it was, it taught me about how food — and the Internet — bring people in the Somali diaspora together.

The people in my mentions were from Minnesota, Canada, Great Britain and beyond. And here they were, together, talking about the idiot who didn't know what to do with the banana. 

Their families were among the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by Somalia's civil war. As is the case for many first- and second-generation immigrants, the idea of home can be complicated. And if you're not Somali, now you know: You eat the banana with the rice.

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Kassie Geiger's curator insight, February 24, 2017 3:13 PM
This article is related to World Cultural Geography by food taboos and culture. The author made a "huge" food taboo on social media. Taboo is a social or religious act forbidden or a gigantic mistake. Apparently, you eat a banana with most dishes in Somali. She (the author) thought the banana was an appetizer, let's just say she thought wrong. This is culture related because food is a part of culture, which means... FOOD TABOOS ARE INCLUDED. 
Heather Durden's curator insight, February 24, 2017 4:42 PM
My initial thoughts on this article that yes if you are Somali then you do put the banana in the rice and not leave it out as well. moreover, this article does show that people do have their own religion and their own way of doing way to put this in a geography way, every country is not the same, we all are different in a way because of where we came from or our traditions as well. To end this, we were all raised in a way that makes us different because its how we are in this world.
Clay Goodin's curator insight, March 7, 2017 11:47 AM
This man was eating Somalian food which was lamb and rice and a banana and he took a picture of his food and put a picture of his food on twitter. An uproar of Somalian people were not laughing with him but at him for the way he was eating the food. In Somalian culture you are supposed to slice up the banana and eat it with the rice but him not being from their culture he was not aware of this.
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Barcelona Win Appeal Over Copa del Rey Flag Ban

Barcelona fans will be allowed to display Catalan flags at the Copa del Rey final after their appeal against a banning order was upheld.
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#MoreThanMean - Women in Sports 'Face' Harassment

"Watch REAL guys read REAL comments made about sports reporters Sarah Spain and Julie DiCaro – to their face. These fans learn some tweets are #MoreThanMean – they’re harassment. Share this w/ hashtag #MoreThanMean to increase awareness about harassment of women in sports."

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The sports internet can to some men be an extension of the locker room--and a place that is highly gendered.  This video highlights the viciousness of online misogyny.  Let's make the internet and the myriad of sub-cultures therein, better.  This is uncomfortable to watch...but that's the point. 

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The Feminist Guide to Being a Foodie Without Being Culturally Appropriative

The Feminist Guide to Being a Foodie Without Being Culturally Appropriative | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
You don't have to give up delicious foods from other cultures to avoid appropriation. But here's how you can get that deliciousness without ordering up a side of oppression.
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The fact that this article is written is indicative of the cultural tensions, landmines, and pitfalls that exist today.  People want to experience other cultures, but are afraid that their very participation could be perceived as offensive or inappropriate. 

 

Questions to Ponder: What makes a using/participating in a cultural activity that is NOT from your culture, offensive or inappropriate? 

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'Inshallah' — it's more than just a phrase that gets you booted off a plane

'Inshallah' — it's more than just a phrase that gets you booted off a plane | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Southwest Airlines now says the college student it removed from a flight was ejected because another passenger believed he had made "threatening comments," including using the term "inshallah" — Arabic for "God willing."
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Dustin Fowler's curator insight, April 20, 2016 10:54 AM
I heard an interview on Public Radio International last night regarding this issue.  The man in the interview stated that, despite his pride in his identity, that he must consider what he can say, depending on where he is.  Should he refrain from Arabic phrases while in an Airport?  How does this pertain to more domestic debates about race and discrimination? 
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Esri Story Map Treasure Hunt

Esri Story Map Treasure Hunt | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

Although these were designed specifically for GIS day during Geography Awareness Week, these 2 excellent map-based treasure hunts from ESRI are great any time of year.  The answer to the question will only pop up in you are zoomed in the the right region (SHIFT + Make a box = Zoom to area).  These links will take you to the World Cities quiz and also to the Mountains quiz.

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I love this geography, map-based quiz that let's people explore the world as they learn about some interesting places.  

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Hamza Amjad's curator insight, September 9, 2015 2:48 PM

Creative and fun way of learning about world geography!

Mark Hathaway's curator insight, September 9, 2015 2:52 PM

I enjoyed this exercise, it was fun and creative.

Douglas Vance's curator insight, January 18, 7:00 PM

This is a brand new and to me, a unique way of exploring global geography by using trivia questions as a means to explore the world.

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He loved ‘The Simpsons.’ But Hari Kondabolu has a problem with Apu.

He loved ‘The Simpsons.’ But Hari Kondabolu has a problem with Apu. | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

Comedian Hari Kondabolu loves “The Simpsons” but hates the character Apu, a caricature made entirely of South Asian stereotypes. He even made a documentary about it.

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For Some Chinese Uighurs, Modeling Is A Path To Success

For Some Chinese Uighurs, Modeling Is A Path To Success | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
China's Muslim-minority Uighurs often face persecution and suspicion. But their popularity has grown in recent years as models. "Not to brag, but we are very good-looking," says one Uighur model.
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Curse of the "Lost City of the Monkey God"?

Curse of the "Lost City of the Monkey God"? | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
An expedition in the jungles of Central America uses advanced technology to search for the remains of an ancient civilization
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Kashmir tension: Pakistan cinemas ban Indian films

Kashmir tension: Pakistan cinemas ban Indian films | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Major cinemas in Pakistan ban Indian films in what they call an act of solidarity with the armed forces as tension mounts over the Kashmir dispute.
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When the cultural economy gets political.

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After 9/11, Public Spaces No Longer Represent Freedom

After 9/11, Public Spaces No Longer Represent Freedom | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
While seeking to protect them, we have not preserved their greatest importance
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New Zealand Maori anger at 'offensive' shower curtains

New Zealand Maori anger at 'offensive' shower curtains | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
American retail website removes items featuring Maori chiefs and leaders.
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Here is another example of cultural commodification and cultural appropriation.  As stated in the article, there is nothing illegal in this, but most companies stay away because the negative publicity for being sleazy is a enough of a cultural and economic deterrent to conform to the more accepted norms of society. 

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Western manners: The latest Chinese status symbol

Western manners: The latest Chinese status symbol | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

What can seem to an outsider as impolite today — such as pushing, queue barging, speaking loudly or picking your nose in public — is common behaviour for the majority of Chinese. But as China opens up and engages with the world awareness is growing among the population on how they are being perceived overseas.

 

To disassociate themselves from this reputation, many of the new elite are seeking refinement at etiquette schools. At the same time, they are looking to good manners as a new form of status symbol.  “It’s mostly learning about how to behave in an international environment."

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THE LAND OF PUNT

THE LAND OF PUNT | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

Believed to be a mythical land for centuries, excavations reveal that the Land of Punt was a real land known for

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There Are Almost No Black People Brewing Craft Beer. Here's Why.

There Are Almost No Black People Brewing Craft Beer. Here's Why. | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

"Craft beer is white. Whiter than a ski lodge. Whiter than a Whole Foods in the suburbs. Craft beer is so white, in fact, that there’s an entry for 'microbreweries' in Stuff White People Like, a book based on a blog written by a white person making fun of white people for being white. The passage concludes with this sentence: '[M]ost white people want to open a microbrewery at some point.'  So, in the absence of statistics, I set out to answer a simple question: where the hell are all the black craft brewers, bar owners, bloggers, aficionados, and nerds? Why is craft beer -- the consumer side, and especially the business side -- so white?"

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Cultural appropriation gone wrong

Occurred at San Francisco State University on 3/28/2016. /u/nicholas-silvera
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This is probably the clearest example (that went viral) of anger about cultural appropriation gone wrong.  This is a hot-button topic, and this video is food for thought (or fanning the flames).  Cultural appropriation might be seen as offensive, but it cetainly isn't illegal.     

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How Americans pretend to love ‘ethnic food’

How Americans pretend to love ‘ethnic food’ | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
The lie Americans like to tell themselves about "ethnic food."
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