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GEOG203, Week 1 Notes (Intro to Cultural Geography)

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These notes cover Week 1 (February 8th and 10th) content, as well as notes on the mandatory reading that week from "The Cultural Geography Reader."
Intro to Cultural Geography
Jackson, Paul Stephen Bierly
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culture geography intro to culturalgeography geog203 spring semester springsemester 2016 pauljackson jackson week1 notes




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Date Created: 02/12/16
GEOG203 Week 1: 2/8 & 2/10 February 8, 2016 In class notes… Overview of the course: Cultural Geography is made up of anthropology, history, and cultural studies. Section 1 – Stories and Difference Section 2 – Urbanization and Disruption Section 3- Globalization, Movement, and Speed February 10, 2016 In class notes… 1. Mainstream vs. Counter Culture Counterculture – a subculture whose values and norms of behavior differ substantially from those of mainstream society, often in opposition to mainstream culture mores Subculture – a group of people within a culture that differentiates itself from the parent culture to which it belongs, often maintaining some of its founding principles Underground – a term used to describe various alternative cultures, which either consider themselves different from the mainstream of society and culture, or are considered so by others Stories and Storytelling: 1870s – 1960: modernism (moment where the feeling of civilization can be new and created and to keep forever building) 1960s – 2001: postmodernism (mix culture, sample things from different places and re-create, taking things and putting them together in new ways) now: ? 2. Defining Culture “Culture is one of the two or three most complicated words in the English language” – Raymond Williams Cultural materialism – looking beyond the piece, and more so at what went into making the piece  Can only express ourselves through voice Structure of feeling – a “particular quality of social experience and relationship” that gave a certain historical period its distinctiveness Ex. Dinner tables have evolved over time (from dressed up to iPhones/devices)  Older definition of culture leaned towards growth, nowadays it is towards fostering a personality  Because of regionalism, civilization gets interchangeable Williams 3 definitions of culture: a) independent and abstract noun which describes a general process of intellectual, spiritual, and aesthetic development b) independent noun, ,whether used general or specifically, which indicates a particular way of life, where of a people, period, a group of humanity in general c) independent and abstract noun that describes the ways and works, particularly in an artistic sense  embrace ambiguity of this word  culture is focused around people and expression 3. Culture of Everyday Life “1. respect everyday life 2. everyday practices are filled with creativity and possibility  not necessarily something in a gallery  Dave Foster Wallace graduating “What is water” speech 3. everyday life is not separate form the state or the economy or the political” (Latham reading on pp. 71-72) Entertainment vs. Boredom Assigned at home reading(s): Raymond Williams - “Culture” from Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society, revised edition (1983) Keywords define the “relationships between those words and broader patterns of social and cultural change Williams claims “range and overlap of meanings that is significant”  The word itself has a “complex and still active history” Early definition of Culture – tending of something Rather late definition of Culture – describes the words and practices of intellectual and especially artistic activity (music, literature, painting and sculpture) Ministry of Culture – specific activities, sometimes with the addition of philosophy, scholarship, and history  It is argued that “material” and “symbolic” always have to be related rather than contrasted


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