Cultures and Languages

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Cultural geography used to be known just as human geography (but all geographies have a cultural aspect) Understanding culture is necessary for examining humans in general and it is a necessary step in critical thinking (reflective and reasonable) Critical thinking is how one conceptualizes or philosophizes about culture. Academically it will impact how one applies or approaches practices involving the concept of culture and how one makes a fair ethical interpretation of culture and cultural landscapes. Academics, practice, and ethics are all connected when looking at cultures. Artistic and intellectual produce of the elites (music, art, literature = high culture) System of shared belief (ex: communism, religion, democracy, etc) Capabilities and habits acquired by members of a society (learned language, math, and other cultural capital) Sign systems or codes in all human creations (a series of languages such as dress codes)

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