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These Amazing Maps Show the True Diversity of Africa

These Amazing Maps Show the True Diversity of Africa | Culture | Scoop.it

"African countries are also quite diverse from an ethnic standpoint. As the Washington Post's Max Fisher noted back in 2013, the world's 20 most ethnically diverse countries are all African, partially because European colonial powers divvied up sections of the continent with little regard for how the residents would have organized the land themselves. This map above shows Africa's ethnographic regions as identified by George Murdock in his 1959 ethnography of the continent."


Tags: Africa, colonialism, borders, political, language, ethnicity.


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Shane C Cook's curator insight, May 27, 2015 8:54 AM

Africa is a very diverse and complicated continent due o mistakes made in the Berlin Conference. The strange boundaries drawn restrict these African nations to be one with their own people not with their enemies.

Chris Costa's curator insight, October 27, 2015 4:51 PM

We have seen the repercussions of ethnic tensions play out in the Balkans, the Middle East, and even in the United States, and Africa is no exception. Arbitrarily drawn national borders- the remnants of European colonialism- means that there is often significant ethnic diversity within many African nations. Although this creates interesting blends of language and culture, it has often bred violence in many countries, perhaps most notably in South Africa and Rwanda. Although many members of the West like to lump the entire continent into a single category, this could not be further from the truth. The second largest continent with extreme biodiversity, it has bred thousands of languages and hundreds of different cultural backgrounds, sometimes within a single country. It is important for the West to understand the complex make-up of the African continent in order to avoid the Eurocentric assumptions many Westerners make when discussing the continent. There isn't a single "Africa"- there isn't even a single "Nigeria," but rather a multitude of different peoples and cultures, equally as complex as those found in other regions of the world. This map does a very good job at illustrating the complexity and richness of the continent.

Mark Hathaway's curator insight, October 30, 2015 7:20 AM

People often underestimate how diverse Africa really is. We often have the tendency to lump all Africans together in one large ethnic group. The actual number of different ethnic groups in Africa is rather staggering. This map can also be used as a partial explanation for the amount of ethnic conflict in Africa. Often times, these ethnic groups are squashed together in states with poorly drawn borders. Under that situation, ethnic conflict becomes inevitable.

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Most Popular and Iconic Home Design Styles

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From Tudor to Cape Cod this infographic explores the features that make these 20 iconic home design styles unique. Learn how to identify homes on sight by their features.
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This map shows the US really has 11 separate 'nations' with entirely different cultures

This map shows the US really has 11 separate 'nations' with entirely different cultures | Culture | Scoop.it
"The political parties come and go but the values of the regional cultures are always at play."
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Where Women Reign: An Intimate Look Inside a Rare Kingdom

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High in the Himalayas, the last matriarchs of the Mosuo people struggle to keep ancient traditions alive.

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Bag or Bay-g? Understanding Wisconsin's Accent... As Best We Can

Bag or Bay-g? Understanding Wisconsin's Accent... As Best We Can | Culture | Scoop.it
Bubbler Talk receives a lot of submissions asking about the way Milwaukeeans talk: What’s with Milwaukee saying ‘yet’ in place of ‘still’?, Why do people

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Photos of millennials' bedrooms around the world are a peek into global youth culture

Photos of millennials' bedrooms around the world are a peek into global youth culture | Culture | Scoop.it
John Thackwray, a French and South African commercial filmmaker and photographer, has traveled the globe since 2010, and photographed over 1,200 bedrooms of young people born in the 1980s and 1990s. The first of these aerial interior photos was a simple portrait of Thackwray's flatmate in his bedroom in Paris, and set off a multi-year photo project spannin

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Map of Racists Tweets following Obama's re-election

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A map compiled by Floating Sheep shows the shocking demographics of racist 'hate tweets,' many of them collected from states that were won by Romney.

 

Not shocking, but still discouraging. 


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Jeff F's comment, November 11, 2012 3:31 PM
That band going through the deep south. It looks awfully famillar.

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Nicholas Rose's comment, November 27, 2012 4:59 PM
Well, I would like to say is that is a great President to this country and I don't think that it's a good idea for people to make racist remarks about Obama's re-election. Even though people the right to Freedom of Speech in this country but however, racism is against the law in the United States.
Nicholas Rose's comment, November 27, 2012 4:59 PM
I mean that Barack Obama is a great President to this country.
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Pop culture in the Arab world

TED Talks At TEDGlobal University, Shereen El Feki shows how some Arab cultures are borrowing trademarks of Western pop culture -- music videos, comics, even Barbie -- and adding a culturally appropriate twist.

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Denise Pacheco's curator insight, December 17, 2013 11:23 AM

I don't think popular culture and folk culture interact very well. They believe in completely different things and live different types of lives according to their values. The speaker means that the cultural interaction is intertwined together because of the islamic people who have borrowed cultural ideas from other ancient and modern civilizations and adapted it to their own. That's why it's meshed as a opposed to clashing or mash. For example, the music video channel that's like MTV. I think it's kind of funny how they made the people in that music video, that's from the USA, look like we also worship Allah. Also, the comic books show religious values in it, especially since the characters come from it. They want young people to not get sucked in to the outside world or modern culture from different societies, so instead they want to incorporate their religion with our ideas of culture.

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Jamey Kahl's curator insight, March 27, 2016 11:09 PM

This TED talk cleverly discusses the cultural processes of globalization by examining two examples from the Islamic world.  The examples of the TV station 4Shbab and the comic book series The 99 show that all global cultural interactions don’t have to result in a homogenous “melting pot.”  Local cultural forces can tap into the powers of globalized culture that can create dynamic local cultures that are both intensely local and global. 


Questions to Ponder: What does the speaker mean when she by refers to cultural interactions as a mesh (as a opposed to a clash or mash) of civilizations?  What other examples of cultural meshes can you see that show these processes? 


Tags: TED, religion, culture, Islam, globalization, popular culture, unit 3 culture.

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GEOG 1303 NOTES - THEMES: CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY

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Soldiers' Stories Northern Ireland 3


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It’s a Girl! Documentary Film – Official Website

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The “It’s a Girl” documentary film explores the question of why are 200 million girls missing? In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls.

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Exclusive: Christ's Burial Place Exposed for First Time in Centuries

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Restorers working in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre uncover stone slab venerated as the resting place of Jesus Christ.
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How people in Muslim countries prefer women to dress in public

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Even as publics in many of the surveyed Muslim-majority countries express a clear preference for women to dress conservatively, many also say women should be
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The Rohingya in Bangladesh: The Fastest-Growing Refugee Emergency in the World

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Almost 600,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed into Bangladesh, fleeing the violence in Burma's Rakhine state, since August 25.

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The World's Top Religions (Infographic)

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Go Figure today breaks down the popularity of the world's religions.

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Here, Living With Dead Bodies for Weeks—Or Years—Is Tradition

Here, Living With Dead Bodies for Weeks—Or Years—Is Tradition | Culture | Scoop.it
WATCH: On the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, the Torajan people believe that a person is not truly dead until water buffalo have been sacrificed at their funeral, serving as the vehicle to the afterlife. Until that time, the bodies are may be kept at the family's home for weeks, months or years and are fed and cared for as if they were alive.

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Do Christians, Muslims and Jews worship the same God?

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Opinion by Jeffrey Weiss, Special to CNN


(CNN) -- Sunni and Shia Muslims are killing each other in several nations, most notably in Syria's escalating civil war.

Coptic Christians churches are being torched in Egypt.

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Matthew Wahl's curator insight, September 1, 2013 2:21 PM

Good intro to monotheism...shows how each of the "big three" tackles the issue of having the same Abrahamic tradition. 

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Nina Jablonski breaks the illusion of skin color | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Nina Jablonski says that differing skin colors are simply our bodies' adaptation to varied climates and levels of UV exposure. Charles Darwin disagreed with this theory, but she explains, that's because he did not have access to NASA.


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The World Religions Tree

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Dynamic infographic on world religions (don't be intimidated by the page being in Russian... The graphic is not).


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Abby Laybourn's curator insight, December 10, 2014 1:25 PM

Although this was kind of hard to read it was interesting to see how different religions are related and where they stem from. 

Marita Viitanen's curator insight, January 31, 2015 6:48 PM

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Emma Conde's curator insight, May 26, 2015 9:16 PM

Unit 1 Geography: Its nature and perspectives

Although the article relating to this diagram is in Russian, the diagram is not, and I found it to be a very interesting visual to not only show world religions developing on a time scale, but also because it does a very good job of showing just how many little divisions of each religion they are, and how they are all intertwined. Zooming in on the diagram, you are able to see each divide, each new branch, and each date for hundreds of sets of information.

 

This illustrates the theme of identification of major world religions because it simply shows the mass amounts of tiny divisions that occur in the major world religions in a simple format. This is very helpful because this would be pages of writing if you tried to write it all out. 

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22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other

22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other | Culture | Scoop.it
Small lobsters are tearing this nation apart. ;

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