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GEOG 210
Thursday January 30, 2014
Lecture 8
The Making of Cultural Landscapes
The Concept of Nature Progression in Views of Nature
What is a Resource? An environment?
oVisual resource in Quebec- Tourism
What is Nature: Cultural variation in views of nature
Resource can be defined as how it is useful/helpful to humans
What is and is not a resource is a matter of perception
A perceived set of resources differs over time and space to reflect variations in:
a) Physical presence
b) Knowledge
c) Technology
d) Social Structures
e) Economic conditions
f) Political Systems
Resource is not definite
This difference is WHERE resources are WHEN (when do people appreciate it as
a resource), and for WHO is important in the formation of cultural landscapes:
Particularly where the cultural significance of:
Landscapes, flora, fauna, ecosystems all vary between social groups
If we use it- it is a resource
Concept of Nature-Progression in Views of Nature
Humans designate as ‘resources
Only those things which they have the knowledge and the technology to use:
oProvide desired goods and services
oNatural stuff failing to meet this requirement is called:
‘Neutral stuff’ or ‘Nuisance stuff
What is Nature?
Western (European derived) views of the environment (ideal landscape):
We start with Paradise
oAll things good, luxurious garden, mild climate all year, ripe fruit on every
tree, no thorns or stinging insects, no aggressive animals, no want or
danger—An Ideal state
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