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GEO 106
Elizabeth Carlson

Geographies of Everyday Life Chapter 14AbstractPerception and cognition How you view the world and how these perceptions shape environmentsRelativism How we can all see the same thing but have different views of it depending on the many cognitive filters through which we view it The environments of the soft city are shaped by peoples behaviourThe types of decisions people make are dictated by their cultural economic political social religious backgrounds and their gender and sexual orientationQuality of those decisions if influenced by their relative intellectual abilities to make decisions and the quantity and quality of information at their disposal Differing backgrounds give rise to differing perceptions of similar events issues environmentsDiffering perceptions generate different interpretations of and actions toward environments that in turn impact how these environments look Front country behaviour indicates you understand the unwritten as well as the written rules of behaviour of those particular behavioural settingsTopophilia positive emotional responses towards a placeTopophobic negative meanings and feelings people attach to and have about a place Cognitive filters related to your attitudes values preferences needs and desires and the reasons for being in that environment Physical and built environment tangible and phenomenal Socioeconomic environments less tangible hidden spaces and placesPhenomenal environments thingsContextual environments subgroups of society Person environment response to their needs and desiresBehaviour creates structure and structure limits behaviourChapter 1 The Spatial Tradition concern is with the nature of location space place distance direction and orientation of humans and the environments in which they have to functionThe principle goal here is to explain general patterns of human settlement and behaviourAreas Studies Tradition concern is with differentiating regions or places based on given sets of attributesThe principle goal here is to describe the unique attributes of places rather than to explain any general patterns foundHumanland tradition concern is with how humans affect environments and how environments affect humans
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