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GGRB28 Lecture 3- September 27, 2012 Geographical Imaginations Sample Test Question 1.Explain Farmer's theory of georgraphy of blame and outline the theory's components in detail IN THE NEWS... Threat of SARS-like virus unclear GEOGRAPHICAL IMAGINATIONS • Term redefined by Derek Gregory- wrote book of the same name (1993) • Defined as the 'spatialized cultural and historical knowledge that characterizes social groups”  What does this mean?  We don't always have positive understandings of places, we also have negative understandings  Doreen Massey: Geography is in our mind. We have images of places in our mind. Sometimes, these sources of images can be a problem for us. > make assumptions SAID's ORIENTALISM West/Occident East/Orient Masculine Feminine Rational Irrational (infused with mysticism and stories) Democratic Despotic (local populations were controlled by madmen) Progressive (taking technology) Timeless How a lot of the understandings belief TREICHLER • A continent's agony: great variation across the continent ; but not being reocgnized ; some parts of Africa were colonized and some were not ; some countries had civil wars and some not; religion; ways of life (some have nomadic populations and some done) > only Sub Saharan Africa is facing HIV/AIDS, not everyone else • traditional cultural practices: a lot of focus on this. A lot of research happening was not the best quality in terms of scholarly research. Approaching the issue in a way that wasn't helpful. Work coming from anthropologists in Africa --> overall society was promiscuous and that's just their culture . Culture is an influence, but it's not the ONLY influence . Assumed that all african culture was the same; that there were no cultural variations. Women were very passive and had no agency or ability to do anything > women would put something urple in the vagina, and through that people would get aids -> blamed culture • Politics of representation: africans were indeed trying to prevent AIDS by taking precuations. The image is that the west have to come and save them • Quantitative methods: the different types of methods can come up with very good results. There is a lack of data sometimes, so it's problematic . The variations in the number was very significant. We're not doing qualitative methods, that's why we're not going in and observing and asking them, that's why we think Africans don't have agency. • Teleology: africans understood it backwards; lot of gender inequality . Grand narrative --> how you see the world (in a geographical imagination) . If you understand people to be all those things, it affects how you're going to interact with those people AIDS AND AFRICA West Africa Modern Traditional Gender Equality Patriarchy Dynamic Backwards Agents
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