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Concepts in Human Geo: Ch. 2 *57-77 Lecture 2 Sept. 11, 2012

Our task as geographers: to write about the earth

- We are interesting in spatial variation

- What do we mean by spatial variation?

In order to study our world we must speak the language of geography

- How things differ across space (spatial variation)

o Ie: suburbs of Hamilton higher scores of economic, health and social factors, older part of city in lower part

- Space: areal extent on the earth’s surface; space can be absolute or relative

- Absolute space: objective reality – eg. The mac campus; real or mapped

- Relative space: subject or perceived space; the values/attributes associated with space eg; Macs international reputation

- Location: where something is situated ie: a specific part of the earths surface; location can be absolute or relative

- Abosulte location: a precise location on the earth’s surface; eg: Hamilton’s abosulte location is 43° 16 N Latitude, 79° 50 W longitude

- *relative location: where something is situated in relation to another/other places, ie: Hamilton is West of Toronto

- Site: the location of a geographer factor phenomenon with specific reference to the immediate local environment (eg: site of Hamilton)

- Situation (like relative location): where something is situated to something else:

o Norton Fig. 2.2 & 2.3 pg. 594

Winnipeg in Canada

Place: the values associated with a locatoni ie: the perceived or subjective view of a location

- Ie: Hamilton as Steel City

Sense of Place: the attachment or sense of belonging that humans have to specific location eg: my home town

Placelessness: homogenus or standardized landscapes that lack variety or character, eg: the suburbs; shopping malls; places becoming less distinct

’51 Census showed 51% of Hamilton’s population employed by manufacturing.. now closer to 16%

Places evoke emotional...
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