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Chapter 4

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Department
Geography
Course Code
GEO 106
Professor
Margaret Buckby
Chapter
4

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CHAPTER 4
Characteristics of places/ the uniqueness of places
Forces and events shapes the physical environment and explains the cultural environment of
places
Natural areas = medium
Culture =agent
Cultural landscape = result – Carl Sauer
places are dynamism and complex
Belief and value systems vary from one place to another
The influences & meaning of places
places convey certain meanings and messages to the observer.
Family interaction, relationship between family member or outsider
Places exert strong influence on peoples physical well-being, their opportunities and their
lifestyle choices
Some are positive some are negative, the closer you out to the facility may develop some disease,
like asthma
Places structure the daily routines of people’s economic and social life.
Spatial interaction (places interact)
Most places are interdependent, each filling specialized roles in complex and ever-changing
geographies
New York rely on Florida on food supply
Places interact with other places in structured and comprehensible ways
Everything is related to everything else.

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Two-way interdependence & Geographical Scales
In today’s world, most interdependence is between geographical scales are provided by the
relationships between the global and local scales.
Ex, Local affects global, if you live in Alberta region, where owns lot of oil, eventually make
govt to make policy for them. Other places like Ogoniland, Nigena
Global effects include European environmental movement protests against clear-cutting in British
Columbia.
Locally-induced factors, designed to boosts lumber production in British Columbia could have
global environmental effects.
Why places matter
In geography, we study how humans transform earthy spaces into human places
Characteristics and boundaries constantly changes as they interact with other places.
Places are important to us because they provide the context for our actions.
Finally we should mention that places are also important in economic terms and so influence our
individual and collective lives.
The Nature of Place
Place is location in space Imbued with unique attributes that set it apart from other places.
Has objective attributes (size, ethnicity, income levels) and
Subjective attributes (big, exciting, or crime ridden), based on value judgments.
Places are not merely the built environment, but total environment comprised of physical space,
people, furnishings, machines, sensory attributes, action s and meanings.
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