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Chapter 5: Ethnic Geography. Homelands and Islands. Terms and definitions. Ethnic, ethnic group Race and Racism Acculturation: just enough to get by.. Assimilation: submergence Immigrant and aboriginal groups Ethnic geography: the “where” of group-hood. Ethnic Regions. Homelands Islands

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Chapter 5: Ethnic Geography

Homelands and Islands


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Terms and definitions

  • Ethnic, ethnic group

  • Race and Racism

  • Acculturation: just enough to get by..

  • Assimilation: submergence

  • Immigrant and aboriginal groups

  • Ethnic geography: the “where” of group-hood.


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Ethnic Regions

  • Homelands

  • Islands

  • An ethnic substrate

  • Neighborhoods vs. Ghettos

    • Voluntary and involuntary

    • ethnoburbs

      • Movies as examples….

  • Recent Ethnic Migrants


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Ethnic Diffusion

  • Migration

    • Chain migration

      • The “America letter”

      • The leader or leaders

    • The Immigrant’s Ladder

      • From one ethnic island to another until you reach the destination.

      • Family histories and migrations

    • The Revolving door neighborhood

      • Haarlem, Harlem, or Spanish Harlem

      • Histories as examples…

    • Return migration

  • Simplification and Isolation


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Ethnic Ecology

  • Preadaptation

    • “No such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.”

    • Germans and Scandinavian Farmers

  • Environmental perception

    • Similar but different…

    • A piece of the old country.


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Ethnic Interaction

  • Ethnicity and Livelihood

    • Old Stereotypes; the Irish Cop, the Jewish Banker, etc.

    • Asian intensive gardening.

  • Let’s EAT! Ethnic foodways.

    • Food as identity

      • Lutefisk, Fleschkukle, Pasties, Wild Rice, Tacos, and potatos.

      • What the heck is a hush puppie? And other culinary oddities.

  • Ethnicity and Globalization


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Ethnic Landscapes

  • The Sauna and Finnish Landscapes

  • Settlement patterns:

    • The German Farm

    • The Cossack town in Texas

    • Matrilineal space

  • An “ethnic flag” doesn’t necessarily wave in the breeze.

  • Urban Ethnic Landscapes.


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