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Intro to Cultural Geography Week 3 GEOG203

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Intro to Cultural Geography Week 3 GEOG203 GEOG203

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Notes cover the week lectures as well as the at-home assigned readings.
Intro to Cultural Geography
Jackson, Paul Stephen Bierly
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Date Created: 02/28/16
GEOS203 Week 3 2/22, 2/24 February 22, 2016 In class…  Graffiti has become a job where you can get paid  Become more mainstream and artistic (away from its roots)  1990s became more meta (self referential) globalization – accelerated flows of goods, peoples, ideas, and images, and the “stretching” of social relations Interpreting culture “Things don’t have a fixed meaning, a single truth…we simply reflect in the language we use about them” – Hall culture is an interpretive science in search of meaning – Clifford Geertz semiotics – the study of meaning making and the philosophy theory of signs and symbols  signs, sign processes indication, designation, likeness, analogy, metaphor, symbolism, signification, and communication wink – a speak of behavior, a fleck of culture and then a gesture  culture is public because meaning is public  ontology – what is culture  epistemology – how do we know culture Interpreting Representations Deconstruction – breaking apart meanings Not that culture is fake, but that it is made Understanding a people’s culture exposes their normalness w.o reducing their particularity At-home reading… “Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture” by Clifford Geertz  ideas originally feel like they will solve everything  everyone grasps the ideas with enthusiasm  starts to solve less and less  seems not all-promising  culture is a “web of analysis that man himself has spun”  “a speck of behavior, a fleck of culture, and…a gesture”  so many things don’t have meaning without background information  ethnoscience – school of thought where culture is composed of psychological structures by means of which individuals or groups of individuals guide their behavior February 24, 2016 In class… sign = signified/ signifier semiotics: concept of signified is what is evoked in the mind-mental concept identity – a person’s conception and expression of their own and others individuality or group affiliations Gender “women are made, not born”  sex differences don’t come from bio or nature but culture binary thinking – “one vs. other” “pure vs. defiled”  a way of organizing the world, we don’t choose this and things can change “woman is the other of man” essentialism – any specific entity that has a set of attributes which are necessary to its identity and function  binaries are being corroded: transgender, intersexual, bisexual, 3 waves of feminism: 1. 2. 1950s-60 – work equality 3. 4. core of feminism and essential to feminism – advocacy for women’s rights At home reading… “Self and the Other” by Lil Abu-Lughod  danger in treating selves and others as given (never a natural or found entity)  creating a self though the opposition of the other entails repressing and ignoring the other  man is self, woman is the Other positionality 1. discourse and practice 2. connections 3. ethnographies of the oarticular


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