UNIT I: Intro to Geography. Cultural Ecology. Aristotle.
UNIT I:Intro to Geography
“The well-known contrast between the energetic people of the most progressive parts of the temperate zone and the inert inhabitants of the tropics and even of intermediate regions, such as Persia [modern day Iran], is largely due to climate. . . .the people of the cyclonic regions rank so far above those of the other parts of the world that they are natural leaders.”
- What is he saying? Or eluding to?
What Geographers thought before: Environmental Determinism
Just from hearing the term, what do you think this suggest?
So what do Geographers follow today if Environmental Determinism doesn’t hold true?
Just from hearing the term, what do you think that this suggests?
Case Study in Possibilism:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Guesses as to how this city is an example of Possibilism?
When you think of New Orleans what do you think of?
Hurricane Katrina 2005
What went wrong?
To see the sufferation sicken me
Them suit no fit me
To wine election they trick we
And they don’t do nuttin’ at all.
~Damian Marley, Welcome to Jam-Rock
“the People of Mississippi are flat on their backs. They are going to need your help.”
Why didn’t people leave?
“I need reinforcements. I need troops man. I need five hundred buses, man. This is a national disaster. I’ve talked directly with the President. I’ve talked to the head of Homeland Security. I’ve talked to everybody under the sun.”
What is it or what was it supposed to do?
Although Possibilism allows for humans to virtually build anything anywhere, is it really worthwhile for the city of New Orleans to rebuild the levees/city after the wreckage of Hurricane Katrina – why or why not?