Lec 2 - What is Geography? What is globalization?
~ A variety of diff global processes exist:
-Economic, political, cultural & environmental
~ We may bound together through a variety of processes but people
experience global issues very differently
~ When we critically interrogate our own everyday lives, they are
revealed to be global
~ "The study of the spatial org of human activity and of people's
relationship with their environments"
~ Our human activity is always spatial
~ The word 'organization' points to a broad number of reactions
including a consideration of economics, culture, politics, and
other social processes
~ The word environment should be understood broadly to include a
range of different social and physical landscapes and places
Geography: Key Assumptions
~ There is nothing natural about our social worlds, rather our
social words are produced through a range of relationships and
~Multiple histories and geographies exist And over-layer one
~Social and cultural difference and inequality are defining
features of the world
Opening Quote and Question
" A highly embroiled
~ A place is often assumed to be a discreet entity like a park, neighbourhood or campus
- Based on assumption that a place is a bounded object
- Assumption that place is comprised of a 'coherent community'
~Why does place matter?
- Your attachment to place animates your life
- opportunities; labour market
~How do we define UTSC as a place?
-a place of learning
- diverse staff and students that creates opportunities and
What relations constitute, sustain and underpin the UTSC Campus?
-place changes, not solid
- defined by series of processes, relations and movement
- a place is a social, cultural, political and economic entity that
assumes its "specific character because of the complex flows and
connections that come together (in a locale)"
-A global sense of place
-Layered meaning reflects the social construction of place
-Places are not simply coherent communities but rather are
-Places subject to change
- gentrification, sprawl, decline, 'ethnoburbs'
Why does place matter?
-plays a powerful role in defining life chances
- e.g. Jane and finch; people change their address when applying to
a job due to the neighbourhood
-provides the settings for people's daily lives
- cant have this class without some space
-all processes are grounded in some physical location -global finance is connected to specific locations in a series or
- the particularly of a place affects the character of range of
social, cultural, political, and economic process
-e.g. mc Donald's; all over the world and they all look different
The Challenge of Place
-"If place is really a meeting place then 'the lived reality of our
daily lives' is far from being localised- in it's connections,