GGRB28H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Derek Gregory, Teleology, Critical Discourse Analysis

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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
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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
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