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GG270 Lecture Notes - January 28, 2013 Reading the Landscape - Place, Power, Landscape - the natural and technology are connected (geocaching) - hackers- resistance to government/surveillance (Foucault) - connect to tourism/ travel Reading (this week’s) - “landscape as a concept is a sophisticated cultural construction” - giving meaning to an external world in connection to the land - changes in use and perception of land during European capitalism - painting- what is there/ not there (think thick description) - having knowledge about the process of the time (cultural, social) allows us to answer that question and how it is conveyed through geography - how do we interpret things (multiple meanings) - intellectual stimulus brining the cultural turn - problematize how we look at the world - cultural interaction= move from Saueran to new cultural geography - Saueran: the habitual/ homogenous ideology - New cultural geography: elements of resistance are important to understanding the trajectory of history (ex. Hackers- technologies) - oppositional groups who resist technology/ sit outside technology - those who work to democratize the internet Landscape Studies - beyond aerial differentiation 1) ordinary (banal) landscaped are vital to understanding socio-spatial formations - 1980s rise of cultural geography (ex. P. Jackson) 2) urban, consumption landscape examined -1960s rise of service industry - opposes Marxist (production) focus - how capital is used (consuming goods) 3) difference and uniformity co-exist in contemporary landscapes - understand differences, focus in urban areas 4) multiple types of representation (music, literature, visual, academic) 5) theoretical, interpretative, descriptive, empirical (field work) 6) seeing, recording, interpreting still central - ex. Food geography (production/ consumption) - farmer’s market - element of natural/ organic - resists technology - feel good about supporting local farmers - political, social, environmental, cultural interactions - many assumptions made - supermarket - location of food production, organic profits going abroad - orientations of the market, sustainability, labour - seasonality - carbon footprint - Food Inc. documentary - corporatization (globalization) of food industry - Gated communities - acknowledgement of separation/ differentiation - fear of society - homogeneity - wealth - not really different from other communities (?) - outside of the community was sketchy (?) trailer hood - suggests society trajectory: increased separation of the haves/ have nots (decrease in middle class) *more pronounced in USA than Canada - distinction is part of the class system (ex. Through education) - condos - maintained the outward appearance - agreement/ plan upheld by a company to ensure it looks proper - advertisements of areas (“leave the Joneses behind”) - The Wealthy Barber - believes that comparing ourselves to the rich encourages debt - the poor in a
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