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Dr. Egan's APHG Voc. Complete

absolute location
the position or place of a certain item on the surface of the earth as expressed in digress, minutes, and seconds of latitude and longitude
the degree of ease with which it is possible to reach a certain location from other locations.
activity (action) space
the space within which daily activity occurs
The art and science of making maps, including data compilation, layout, and design. Also concerned with interpretation of mapped patterns.
The degree of direct linkages between one particular location and other locations in a transport network.
contagious diffusion
The distance-controlled spreading of an idea, innovation, or some other item through a local population by contact from person to person.
cultural barrier
Prevailing cultural attitude rendering certain innovations, ideas, or practices unacceptable or unadoptable in a particular culture.
cultural diffusion
The expansion and adoption of a cultural element, from its place of origin to a wider area.
cultural ecology
The multiple interactions and relationships between a culture and the natural environment.
cultural hearth
Heartland, source area, innovation center; place of origin of a major culture
cultural landscape
The visible imprint of human activity and culture on the landscape. The layers of buildings, forms, and artifacts sequentially imprinted on the landscape by the activities of various human occupants.
The sum total of the knowledge, attitudes, and habitual behavior patterns shared and transmitted by the members of a society.
culture complex
A related set of cultural traits, such as prevailing dress codes and cooking and eating utensils.
culture trait
A single element of normal practice within a culture, such as the wearing of a turban
measurement of the physical space between two places.
environmental determinism
The view that the natural environment has a controlling influence over various aspects of human life, including cultural development. Also referred to as environmentalism.
regional outbreak of a disease
expansion diffusion
The spread of an innovation or an idea through a population in an area in such a way that the number of those influenced grows continuously larger, resulting in an expanding area of dissemination.
The study of geographic phenomena by visiting places and observing how people interact with and thereby change those places
five themes
Location, human-environment, region, place, and movement.
formal region
A type of region marked by a certain degree of homogeneity in one or more phenomena, also called a uniform region or a homogeneous region
functional region
A region defined by the particular set of activities or interactions that occur within it.
A hunt for a cache, the GPS coordinates which are placed on the internet by other geocachers
geographic concept
ways of seeing the world spatially that are used by geographers in answering research questions
geographic information systems (GIS)
a collection of computer hardware and software that permits spatial data to be collected, recorded, stored, retrieved, manipulated, analyzed, and displayed to the user.
the expansion of economic, political, and cultural processes to the point that they become global in scale and impact.
global positioning system (GPS)
satellite-based system for determining the absolute location of places or geographic features
hierarchical diffusion
a form of diffusion in which an idea or innovation spreads by passing first among the most connected places or peoples.
the second theme of geography; reciprocal relationship between humans and environment
human geography
one of the two major divisions of geography; the spatial analysis of human populations, its cultures, activities, and landscapes
independent invention
the term for a trait with many cultural hearts, which developed independently of each other
Line on a map connecting points of equal temperature values
the overall appearance of an area, usually composed of natural and human-induced influences
the first theme of geography; the geographical situation of people and things
location theory
a logical attempt to explain the locational pattern of an economic activity and the manner in which its producing areas are interrelated
medical geography
the study of health and disease within a geographic context and from a geographical perspective
mental map
image or picture of the way space is organized as determined by an individual's perception, impression, and knowledge of the space
the fifth theme of geography; the mobility of people, goods, and ideas across the surface of the planet
an outbreak of a disease that spreads worldwide
the design of a spatial distribution
perception of place
Belief or "understanding" about a place developed through books, stories, movies, or pictures.
perceptual region
A region that only exists as a conceptualization or an idea and not as a physically demarcated entity
physical geography
One of the two major divisions of geography; the spatial analysis of the structure, processes, and locations of the Earth's natural phenomena such as soil, climate, plants, animals, and topography.
One of the five themes of geography; the uniqueness of a location
political ecology
An approach to studying nature-society relations that is concerned with the ways in which environmental issues both reflect, and are the result of, the political and socioeconomic contexts in which they are situated.
Geographic viewpoint that holds that human decision making, not the environment, is the crucial factor in cultural development.
reference maps
Maps that show the absolute location of places and geographic features determined by a frame of reference, typically latitude and longitude
One of the five themes of geography; an area on the Earth's surface marked by a degree of formal, functional, or perceptual homogeneity of some phenomenon
relative location
The regional position or situation of a place relative to the position of other places
relocation diffusion
Sequential diffusion process in which the items being diffused are transmitted by their carrier agents as they evacuate the old areas and relocate to new ones.
remote sensing
A method of collecting data or information through the use of instruments (e.g., satellites) that are physically distant from the area or object of study
Involvement of players at other scales to generate support for a position or an initiative (e.g., use of the Internet to generate interest on a national or global scale for a local position or initiative
sense of place
State of mind derived through the infusion of a place with meaning and emotion by remembering important events that occurred in n that place or by labeling that place with a certain character
sequent occupance
The notion that successive societies leave their cultural imprints on a place, each contributing to the cumulative cultural landscape
pertaining to space on the earth's surface; sometimes used as a synonym for geographic
spatial distribution
Physical location of geographic phenomena across space
spatial interaction
the flow of products, people, services, or information among places, in response to localized supply and demand.
spatial perspective
observing variations in geographic phenomena across space
stimulus diffusion
A form of diffusion in which a cultural adaptation is created as a result of a cultural trait from another place
thematic maps
Maps that tell stories, typically showing the degree of some attribute or the movement of a geographic phenomenon
time-distance decay
The declining degree of acceptance of an idea or innovation with increasing time and distance from its point of origin or source
immune system disease caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
arithmetic population density
the population of a country or region expressed as an average per unit area
a periodic and official count of a country's population
child mortality rate
a figure that describes the number of children who die between the first and fifth years of their lives in a given population
chronic diseases
generally long-lasting afflictions; degenerative diseases
crude birth rate
the number of deaths yearly per thousand people in a given population
crude death rate
the number of live births yearly per thousand people in a given population
demographic transition
multistage model, based on Western Europe's experience, of changes in population growth exhibited by countries during industrialization
dot map
maps where one dot represents a certain number of a phenomenon, such as a population
doubling time
the time required for a population to double in size
eugenic population policy
government policy designed to favor one racial sector over others
expansive population policy
government policy that encourages large families and raises the rate of population growth
infant mortality rate
a figure that describes the number of babies who die within the first year of their lives in a given population
life expectancy
a figure indicating how long, on average, a person may be expected to live
term used to describe large coalescing supercities that are forming in various parts of the world
natural increase
population growth measured as the excess of live births over deaths
physiological population density
the number of people per unit area of arable land
population composition
structure of a population in terms of age, sex, and other properties such as marital status and education
population density
a measure of the number of people per given unit of land
population distribution
descriptions of locations on the Earth's surface where populations live
population explosion
The rapid growth of the world's human population during the past century.
population pyramids
visual representations of the age and sex composition of a population whereby the population of each age group is represented by a horizontal bar
restrictive population policy
government policy designed to reduce the rate of natural increase
stationary population level
the level at which a national population ceases to grow
shelter and protection in one state for refugees from another state
chain migration
pattern of migration that develops when migrants move along and through kinship links
physical process whereby the colonizer takes over another place, putting its own government in charge and either moving its own people into the place or bringing in indentured outsiders to gain control of the people and the land
cyclic movement
Movement-for example, nomadic migration-that has a closed route repeated annually or seasonally
distance decay
The various degenerative effects of distance on human spatial structures and interactions.
a person examining a region that is unknown to him
forced migration
Human migration flows in which the movers have no choice but to relocate
gravity model
a mathematical prediction of the interaction of places, the interaction being a function of population size of the respective places and the distance between them
guest workers
legal immigrant who has a work visa, usually short term
immigration laws
laws and regulations of a state designed specifically to control immigration into that state
immigration wave
phenomenon whereby different patterns of chain migration build upon one another to create a swell in migration from one region to the same destination
internal migration
human movement involving movement within a nation-state
internal refugees
people who have been displaced within their own countries and do not cross international boundaries as they flee
international migration
human movement involving movement across international boundaries
international refugees
refugees who have crossed one or more international boundaries during their dislocation
intervening opportunity
the presence of a nearer opportunity that greatly diminished the attractiveness of sites farther away
island of development
place built up by a government or a corporation to attract foreign investment and which has relatively high concentrations of paying jobs and infrastructure
laws of migration
developed by British geographer Ernst Ravenstein, five laws that predict the flow of migration
migrant labor
a common type of periodic movement involving workers who cross international boundaries in search of employment
a change in residence intended to be permanent
military service
a common form of periodic movement involving military personnel and their families who are moved to new locations where they will spend tours of duty lasting up to several years
movement among a definite set of places-- often cyclical movement.
periodic movements
movement that involves temporary, recurrent relocation, such as for college attendance or military service
pull factors
Positive conditions and perceptions that effectively attract people to new locales from other areas
push factors
Negative conditions and perceptions that induce people to leave their abode and migrate to a new locale
established limits by governments on the number of immigrants who can enter the country each year
people who have fled their own country and seek asylum in another country
money that migrants send back to family and friends in their home countries
selective immigration
process to control immigration in which individuals with certain backgrounds are preferred (such as engineers) or excluded (such as criminals)
step migration
Migration to a distant destination that occurs in stages, for example, farm to nearby village and later to town or city.
a seasonal periodic movement of pastoralists and their livestock between highland and lowland pastures
voluntary migration
movement in which people relocate in response to perceived opportunity, not because they are forced to move
In the context of local culture or customs, the accuracy with which a single stereotypical or typecast image or experience conveys an otherwise dynamic and complex local culture or its customs
the process through which something is given monetary value
cultural appropriation
the process by which cultures adopt customs and knowledge from other cultures and use them for their own benefit
practice routinely followed by a group of people
diffusion routes
The spatial trajectory through which cultural traits or other phenomena spread
ethnic neighborhood
neighborhood, typically situated in a larger city and constructed by or comprised of a local culture, in which a local culture can practice its customs
cultural traits such as dress styles, dwellings, traditions, and institutions of usually small, traditional communities
folk-housing region
A region in which the housing stock predominantly reflects styles of building that are particular to the culture of the people who have long inhabited the area.
the process by which people in a local place mediate and alter regional, national, and global processes
global-local continuum
the notion that what happens at the global scale has a direct effect on what happens at the local scale, and vice versa.
the area where an idea or cultural trait originates
local culture
group of people in a particular place who see themselves as a collective or a community, who share experiences, customs, and traits, and who work to preserve these traits and customs in order to claim uniqueness and to distinguish themselves from others
material culture
the art, housing, clothing, sports, dances, foods, and other similar items constructed or created by a group of people
the seeking out of the regional culture and reinvigoration of it in response to the uncertainty of the modern world
nonmaterial culture
the beliefs, practices, aesthetics, and values of a group of people
defined by geographer Edward Ralph as the loss of uniqueness of place in the cultural landscape so that one place looks like the next
popular culture
cultural traits such as dress, diet, and music that identify and are part of today's changeable, urban-based, media influenced western societies
with respect to popular culture, when people within a place start to produce an aspect of popular culture themselves, doing so in the context of their local cultures and making it their own
time-space compression
a term associated with the work of David Harvey that refers to the social and psychological effects of living in a world in which time-space convergence has rapidly reached a high level of intensity
defined by geographer James Curtis as the dramatic increase in Hispanic population in a given neighborhood
dowry deaths
in the context of arranged marriages in India, disputes over the price to be paid by the family of the bride to the father of the groom (the dowry) have, in some cases, led to the death of the bride
affiliation or identity within a group of people bound by common ancestry and culture.
social differences between men and women, rather than the anatomical, biological differences between the sexes. What is considered "masculine" or "feminine" varies greatly over time and space
in terms of a place, whether the place is designed for or claimed by men or women
defined by geographer Gillian Rose as "how we make sense of ourselves", how people see themselves at different scales
identifying against
constructing an identity by first defining the "other" and then defining themselves as "not the other"
invasion and succession
process by which anew immigrants to a city move to and dominate or take over areas or neighborhoods occupied by older immigrant groups
kinship links
types of push and pull factors that influence a migrant's decision to go where family or friends have already found success
queer theory
theory defined by Glen Elder, Lawrence Knopp, and Heidi Nast that highlights the contextual nature of opposition to the heteronormative and focuses on the political engagement of "queers" with the heteronormative
a categorization of humans based on skin color and other physical characteristics
frequently referred to as a system or attitude toward visible differences in individuals, it is an ideology of difference that ascribes significance and meaning to culturally, socially, and politically constructed ideas based on phenotypical features
residential segregation
defined by geographers Douglas Massey and Nancy Dentonas the degree to which two or more groups live separately from one another, in different parts of the urban environment
defined by Doreen Massey and Pat Jess as "social relations stretched out"
backward reconstruction
the tracking of sound shifts and hardening of consonants "backward" toward the original language
conquest theory
a major theory of how Proto-Indo-European diffused into Europe which holds that the early speakers of PIE spread westward on horseback, overpowering earlier inhabitants and beginning the diffusion and differentiation of Indo-European languages
Creole language
A language that began as a pidgin language but was later adopted as the mother tongue by a people in the place of the mother tongue
Local or regional characteristics of a language
dialect chains
a set of contiguous dialects in which the dialects nearest to each other at any place in the chain are most closely related
dispersal hypothesis
hypothesis which holds that the Indo-European languages that arose from PIE were first carried eastward into Southwest Asia, next around the Caspian Sea, and then across the Russian-Ukrainian plains and on into the Balkans
extinct language
a language without any native speakers
Germanic languages
Languages that reflect the expansion of peoples out of Northern Europe to the west and south. Includes English, German, Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish
global language
the language used most commonly around the world defined on the basis of either
a geographic boundary within which a particular linguistic feature occurs
a set of sounds, combinations of sounds, and symbols that are used for consideration
language convergence
the collapsing of two languages into one resulting from the consistent spatial interactions of peoples with different languages
language divergence
a process suggested by German linguist August Schleicher whereby new languages are formed when a language breaks into dialects due to a lack of spatial interaction among speakers of a language; continued isolation eventually causes the division of the language into discrete new languages
language families
group of languages with a shared but fairly distant origin
lingua franca
a term deriving from "Frankish language" and applying to a tongue spoken in ancient Mediterranean ports that consisted of a mixture of Italian, French, Greek, Spanish, and even some Arabic. Today it refers to a "common language" used among speakers of different languages for the purposes of trade and commerce
monolingual states
countries in which only one language is spoken
multilingual states
countries in which only more than one language is spoken
mutual intelligibility
the ability of two people to understand one another when speaking
language believed to be the ancestral language not only of PIE, but also of the Kartvelian languages of the southern Caucasus, the Uralic-Altaic languages (including Hungarian, Finnish, Turkish, and Mongolian), the Dravidian languages of India, and the Afro-Asiatic language family
official language
in multilingual countries, the language selected, often by the educated and politically powerful elite, to promote internal cohesion; usually the language of the courts and government
pidgin language
a language created when parts of two or more languages are combined in a simplified structure and vocabulary
(PIE) linguistic hypothesis proposing the existence of an ancestral Indo-European language that is the hearth of the ancient Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit languages.
Renfrew hypothesis
hypothesis developed by British scholar Colin Renfrew wherein he proposed that three areas in and near the first agricultural hearth, the Fertile Crescent, gave rise to three language families: Europe's Indo-European languages, North African and Arabian languages, and the languages in present-day Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India
Romance languages
languages derived from Latin: French, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, and Portuguese
Slavic languages
languages (Russian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Ukrainian, Slovenian, Serbo-Croatian, and Bulgarian) that developed as Slavic people migrated from a base in present-day Ukraine close to 2000 years ago
sound shift
slight change in a word across languages within a sub-family or through a language family from the present backward toward its origin
standard language
the variant of a language that a country's political and intellectual elite seek to promote as the norm for use in schools, government, the media, and other aspects of public life
divisions within a language family where the commonalities are more definite and the origin is more recent
The study of the origins and meanings of place names
the belief that inanimate objects, such as hills, rocks, rivers, and other elements of the natural landscape possess souls and can help as well as hinder human efforts on earth
a universalizing religion, primarily of eastern and central Asia, based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, that suffering is inherent in all life but can be relieved by mental and moral self-purification
caste system
the strict social segregation of people--specifically in India's Hindu society--on the basis of ancestry and occupation
a monotheistic, universalizing religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ and of the Bible as sacred scripture
a philosophy of ethics, education, and public service based on the writings of Confucius and traditionally thought of as one of the core elements of Chinese culture
from the Greek "to disperse", a term describing forceful or voluntary dispersal of a people from their homeland to a new place. Originally denoting the dispersal of Jews, it is increasingly applied to other population dispersals, such as the involuntary relocation of Africans during the slave trade or Chinese peoples outside of Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong
Eastern Orthodox Church
one of the three major branches of Christianity, which arose out of the division of the Roman Empire by Empire Diocletian into east (centered in Constantinople) and west (centered in Rome). In 1054, Christianity split along this east-west line.
ethnic religion
a religion that is particular to one, culturally distinct, group of people
Feng Shui
Literally "wind-water". The Chinese art and science of placement and orientation of tombs, dwellings, buildings, and cities. Structures and objects are positioned in an effort to channel flows of sheng-chi, life-breath, in positive ways
the systematic killing or an entire people or nation
the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, the birthplace of Muhammed
one of the oldest religions, dating back over 4000 years, and originating in the Indus River Valley, It is unique among world religions in that it does not have a single founder, a single theology, or agreement on its origins
interfaith boundaries
boundaries between the world's major faiths
iintrafaith boundaries
boundaries within a single major faith
the youngest of the world's major religions, it is based on the teachings of Muhammed, born in Mecca in 571 CE.
a doctrine within Islam. Commonly translated as "Holy War', it represents a personal or collective struggle on the part of Muslims to live up to the standards set by the Qur'an
religion with its roots in the teachings of Abraham who is credited with uniting his people to worship only one god.
tower attached to a mosque, having one or more projecting balconies from which a crier call Muslims to prayer
monotheistic religion
belief system in which one supreme being is revered as creator and arbiter of all that exists in the universe
voluntary travel by an adherent to pay respects or participate in a ritual at the site
polytheistic religion
belief system in which multiple deities are revered as creators and arbiters of all that exists in the universe
one of the three major branches of Christianity. Following the widespread societal changes in Europe starting in the 1300s, many adherents of the Roman Catholic Church began questioning the role of religion in their lives and opened the door to the Protestant Reformation, wherein John Huss, Martin Luther, John Calvin, and others challenged many of the fundamental teachings of the Roman Catholic Church
defined by geographers Robert Stoddard and Carolyn Prorak as "a system of beliefs and practices that attempts to order life in terms of culturally perceived ultimate priorities"
religious extremism
religious fundamentalism carried to the point of violence
religious fundamentalism
Religious movement whose objectives are to return to the foundations of the faith and to influence state policy.
Roman Catholic Church
one of the three major branches of Christianity, which arose out of the division of the Roman Empire by Empire Diocletian into east centered in Constantinople) and west (centered in Rome). In 1054, Christianity split along this east-west line.
sacred sites
place or space that people infuse with religious meaning
the idea that ethical and moral standards should be formulated and adhered to for life on earth, not to accommodate the prescriptions of a deity and promises of a comfortable afterlife
a type of religion found in traditional societies in which a person is deemed to possess religious and mystical powers, acquired directly from supernatural sources.
The system of Islamic law, sometimes called Qu'ranic law.
Shi'ite (Shia)
one of the two major divisions of Islam, they represent the Persian (Iranian) variation of Islam and believe in the infallibility and divine right to authority of the Imams, descendents of Ali.
a syncretic religion which mixes Buddhism with the Japanese ethnic religion which emphasizes nature and ancestor worship.
Adherents to the largest branch of Muslims, called the orthodox or traditionalist.
a Chinese religion which held that human happiness lay in maintaining the proper relationship with nature
universalizing religion
belief system which espouses the idea that there is one religion that is universal in scope
the movement to unite Jewish people of the diaspora and to establish a national homeland for them in the "promised land"
in the context of political power, the capacity of a state to influence other state s or achieve its goals through diplomatic, economic, and military means
economic model wherein people, corporations, and states produce goods and exchange them on the world market, with the goal of achieving profit
centrifugal force
a term employed to designate forces that tend to divide a country-such as internal religious, linguistic, ethnic, or ideological differences
centripetal force
a term employed to designate forces that unite and bind a country together---such as widespread commitment to a national culture, shared ideological objectives, and a common faith
rule by an autonomous power over a subordinate and alien people and place
core area
refers to the center, heart, or focus. In a nation-state, this area is the heartland with the largest population cluster, the most productive economy, , the area with the greatest centrality and accessibility, and probably contains the capital city as well
critical geopolitics
process by which geopoliticians deconstruct and focus on explaining the underlying spatial assumptions and territorial perspectives of politicians
Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives.
The process whereby regions within a state demand and gain political strength and growing autonomy at the expense of the central government.
federal state
a political territorial system in which a central government represents the various entities within a nation state where they have common interests (defense, foreign affairs, etc.) yet allows these various entities to retain their own identities and to have their own laws and customs in certain spheres
geometric boundary
political boundary defined and delimited (and occasionally demarcated) as a straight line or an arc
redistricting for the advantage of one political party
heartland theory
a geographical hypothesis, proposed by British geographer Halford Mackinder during the first two decades of the 20th century, that any political power based in the heart of Eurasia could gain sufficient strength to eventually dominate the world. Mackinder proposed that since Eastern Europe controlled access to the Eurasian interior, its ruler would control the vast heartland to the east.
majority-minority districts
in the context of determining representative districts, the process by which a majority of the population is from the minority
a protectionist policy of European states during the 16th to 18th centuries that promoted a state's economic position in the contest with other countries. The acquisition of gold and silver and the maintenance of a favorable balance of trade were central to the policy
multinational state
state with more than one nation within its borders
multistate nation
nation that stretches across borders and across states
Legally, a term encompassing all the citizens of a state. Most definitions now tend to refer to a tightly knit group of people possessing bonds of language, ethnicity, religion, and other shared cultural attributes.
theoretically, a recognized member of the modern state system possessing formal sovereignty and occupied by a people who see themselves as a single, united nation.
Peace of Westphalia
peace negotiated in 1648 to end the Thirty Years War, Europe's most destructive internal struggle over religion. The treaties contained new language recognizing statehood and nationhood, clearly defined borders, and guarantees of security
processes that incorporate lower levels of education, lower salaries, and less technology, and generate less wealth than core processes in the world economy
physical political boundary
political boundaries that coincide with prominent physical features in the natural landscape--such as rivers or the crest ridges of mountain ranges
political geography
a subdivision of human geography focused on the nature and implications of the evolving spatial organization of political governance and formal political practice on the Earth's surface
process by which representative districts are changed according to population shifts, so that each district encompasses approximately the same number of people
representation of a real-world phenomenon at a certain level of reduction or generalization. In cartography, the ratio of map distance to ground distance indicated on a map as a bar graph, representative fraction, and/or verbal statement
place where core and periphery processes are both occurring; places that are exploited by the core but in turn exploit the periphery
a principle of international relations that holds that the final authority over social, economic, and political matters should rest with legitimate rulers of independent states
in the context of determining representative districts, the process by which the majority and minority populations are spread evenly across each of the districts to be created therein insuring control by the majority in each of the districts, as opposed to the result of using majority-minority districts
A politically organized territory that is administered by a sovereign government and is recognized by a significant portion of the international community
stateless nation
a nation that does not have a state
in political geography a country's or a more local community's sense of property and attachment toward its territory, as expressed by its desire to keep it inviolable and strongly defended
territorial integrity
the right of a state to defend sovereign territory against incursions from other states
territorial representation
system wherein each representative is elected from a territorially defined district
world order in which one state is in a position of dominance with allies following rather than joining the political decision-making process
unitary state
A nation-state that has a centralized government and administration that exercises power equally over all parts of the state.
The highest part of an ancient Greek city, The city's most impressive buildings, usually temples, were placed here.
The open marketplace of an ancient Greek city
agricultural surplus
one of two components, along with social stratification, that enable the formation of cities; agricultural production in excess of that which the producer needs for the survival of him and his family
agricultural village
a relatively small, egalitarian village, where most of the population was involved with agriculture; they began to form over 10,000 years ago
rapid change in the racial composition of residential blocks in US cities that occurs when real estate agents and others stir up fears of neighborhood decline after encouraging people of color to move into previously white neighborhoods
central business district (CBD)
the downtown heart of a central city, it is marked by high land values, a concentration of business and commerce, and the clustering of the tallest buildings
central city
the urban area that is not suburban, generally, the older or original city that is surrounded by newer suburbs
central place theory
theory proposed by Walter Christaller that explains how and where central places in the urban hierarchy should be functionally and spatially distributed with respect to one another
conglomeration of people and buildings clustered together to serve as a center of politics, culture, and economics
the transformation of an area of a city in to an area attractive to residents and tourists alike in terms of economic activity
concentric zone model
a structural model of the US central city that suggests the existence of five concentric land-use rings arranged around a common center
disamenity sector
the very poorest parts of cities that in extreme cases are not even connected to regular city services and are controlled by gangs or drug lords
edge cities
a term introduced by American journalist Joel Garreau in order to describe the shifting form of urbanism in the US away from the CBD toward new loci of economic activity at the urban fringe. These cities are characterized by excessive amounts of office and retail space, few residential areas, and modern buildings (less than 10 years old)
First Agricultural Revolution
The original invention of farming and domestication of animals 8000-14,000 years ago, and the subsequent dispersal of these methods from the source regions.
the focal point of ancient Roman life combining the functions of the ancient Greek acropolis and agora
functional zonation
the division of a city into different regions or zones for certain purposes or functions
gated communities
restricted neighborhoods or subdivisions, often literally fenced in, where entry is limited to residents and their guests.
the rehabilitation of deteriorated, often abandoned, housing of low-income inner-city residents
Griffin-Ford model
Developed by geographers Ernst Griffin and Larry Ford, a model of the Latin American city showing a blend of traditional elements of Latin American culture with the forces of globalization that are reshaping the urban scene
Huang He and Wei
rivers in present-day China; it was at the confluence of the Huang He and Wei rivers where chronologically the 4th urban hearth was established around 1500 BCE.
Indus River Valley
the 4th urban hearth, dating to 2200 BCE
informal economy
economic activity that is neither taxed nor monitored by a government and is not included in the country's GNP
McGee model
developed by T.G. McGee, a model showing similar land-use patterns among the medium-sized cities of Southeast Asia
"super size" homes similar in appearance to other such homes; homes often built in place of tear-downs in American suburbs
the 5th urban hearth, dating to 200 BCE
region of great cities (e.g., Ur and Babylon, located between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, chronologically the 1st urban hearth, dating to 3500 BCE,
new urbanism
outlined by a group of architects, urban planners, and developers from over 20 countries, an urban design that calls for development, urban revitalization, and suburban reforms that create walkable neighborhoods with a diversity of housing and jobs
Nile River Valley
the 2nd urban hearth, dating to 1200 BCE
primate city
A country's largest city-ranking atop the urban hierarchy-most expressive of the national culture and usually the capital city as well
rank-size rule
in a model urban hierarchy, the idea that the population of a city or town will be inversely proportional to its rank in the hierarchy
a discriminatory real estate practice in North America in which members of minority groups are prevented from obtaining loans to purchase homes or property in predominately white neighborhoods
unplanned slum development on the margins of a city dominated by crude dwellings and shelters made mostly of scrap wood, iron, and even pieces of cardboard
the internal physical attributes of a place, including its absolute location, its spatial character and physical setting
the external locational attributes of a place , its relative location or regional position with reference to other nonlocal places
social stratification
the differentiation of society into classes based on wealth, power, production, and prestige
spaces of consumption
areas of a city, the main purpose of which is to encourage people to consume goods and services, driven primarily by the global media
a subsidiary urban area surrounding and connected to the central city
movements of upper and middle class people from urban core areas to the surrounding outskirts to escape pollution as well as deteriorating social conditions
Sunbelt phenomenon
the movement of millions of Americans from northern and northeastern States to the South and Southwest regions of the US
homes bought in many American suburbs with the intent of tearing them down and replacing them with much larger homes known as McMansions
trade area
the region adjacent to every town and city in which its influence is dominant
urban (area)
the entire built-up nonrural area and its population including the most recently constructed appendages
urban morphology
the study of the physical form and structure of urban places
urban realm
a spatial generalization of the large, late 20th century US city, it is shown to be a widely dispersed multicentered metropolis consisting of increasingly independent zones or realms, each focused on its own suburban downtown.
urban sprawl
unrestricted growth in many US urban areas, with little concern for urban planning
world city
dominant city in terms of its role in the global economy; a center of strategic control of the world economy
areas of a city with a relatively uniform land use (e.g., an industrial zone)
zoning laws
legal restrictions on land use that determine what types of building and economic activities are allowed to take place in certain areas
commodity chains
series of links connecting the many places of production and distribution, resulting in a commodity that is then exchanged on the world market
the geographical situation in which something occurs, the combination of what is happening at a variety of scales concurrently
dependency theory
a structuralist theory that is based on the idea that certain types of political and economic relations (especially colonialism) between countries and regions in the world have created conditions that both control and limit the extent to which regions can develop
with respect to a country, making progress in technology, production, and socioeconomic welfare
the encroachment of desert conditions on moister zones along the desert margins, where plant cover and soils are threatened by desiccation
when a poorer country ties the value of its currency to that of a wealthier country, or when it abandons its currency and adopts the wealthier country's currency as its own
export processing zone (EPZ)
zones established by many countries in the periphery and semi-periphery where they offer favorable tax, regulatory, and trade arrangements to attract foreign trade and investment
formal economy
the legal economy that is taxed and monitored by a government and is included in a government's gross national product (GNP)
gross national income (GNI)
the monetary worth of what is produced within a country plus income received from investments outside the country
gross national product (GDP)
the total value of all goods and services produced by a country's economy in a given year
leadership class
group of decision-makers and organizers in early cities who controlled the resources and lives of others
vectored disease spread by mosquitoes that carry the parasite in their saliva; kills about 150,000 children monthly in the global periphery
the term given to zones in northern Mexico with factories supplying manufactured goods to the US market
microcredit program
program that provides small loans to poor people, especially women, to encourage development of small businesses
modernization model
a model of economic development most closely associated with Walter Rostow, this model maintains that all countries go through five interrelated stages of development, which culminate in an economic state of self-sustained economic growth and high levels of mass consumption
the entrenchment of the colonial order, such as trade and investment, under a new guise
nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)
international organizations that operate outside of the formal political arena but that are nonetheless influential in spearheading international initiatives on social, economic, and environmental issues
North American Free trade Agreement (NAFTA)
agreement entered into by Canada, US, and Mexico in December 1992 and which took effect on 1/1/94 to eliminate the barriers to trade in, and facilitate the cross-border movement of goods and services between the countries
special economic zones (SEZ)
specific area within a country in which tax incentives and less stringent environmental regulations are implemented to attract foreign business and investment
structural adjustment loans
loans granted by international financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to countries in the periphery and semi-periphery in exchange for certain economic and governmental reforms in that country
structuralist theory
a model of economic development that treats economic disparities among countries or regions as the result of historically derived power relations within the global economic system
three-tier structure
with reference to Wallerstein's world-systems theory, the division of the world into core, periphery, and semi-periphery as a means to explain the interconnection between places in the global economy
when a family sends a child or an adult to a labor recruiter in hopes that the labor recruiter will send money, and the family member will earn money to send home
vectored diseases
a disease carried from one host to another by an intermediate host
world systems theory
theory originated by Immanuel Wallerstein and illuminated by his three-tier structure, proposing that social change in the developing world is inextricably linked to the economic activities of the developed world
A general term for large-scale, mechanized industrial agriculture that is controlled by corporate interests
The purposeful tending of crops and livestock in order to produce food and fiber
animal domestication
genetic modification of an animal to make it more useful to and better able to be controlled by humans
climatic regions
areas of the world with similar climactic characteristics
commercial agriculture
Type of economic activity in which crops and animals are produced for the market. Usually characterized by use of advanced technology and large farms.
genetically modified organisms (GMO)
crops that carry new traits that have been inserted through advanced genetic engineering methods
Green Revolution
the development of higher-yield, fast-growing varieties of rice and other cereals in certain developing countries, which led to increased production per unit area and a dramatic narrowing of the gap between population growth and food needs
Koppen climatic classification system
a system for classifying the world's climates on the basis of temperature and precipitation
livestock ranching
the raising of domesticated animals for the production of meat and other byproducts such as leather and wool
long lot survey system
distinct regional approach to land surveying found in the Canadian Maritimes, parts of Quebec, Louisiana, and Texas whereby land is divided into narrow parcels stretching back from rivers, roads, or canals
luxury crops
non-subsistence crops such as tea, cacao, coffee, and tobacco
Mediterranean agriculture
specialized farming that occurs only in areas where the dry-summer Mediterranean climate prevails
metes and bounds system
a system of land surveying east of the Appalachian Mountains. The system relies on descriptions of land ownership and natural features such as streams or trees.
dependence on a single agricultural commodity
organic agriculture
Crops produced without the use of synthetic or industrially produced pesticides and fertilizers
plantation agriculture
A type of agriculture in which cash crops are grown on large estates
plant domestication
genetic modification of a plant such that its reproductive success depends on human intervention
primary economic activity
economic activity concerned with the direct extraction of natural resources from the environment, such as mining, fishing, lumbering, and agriculture
System where the eldest son in a family-or, in exceptional cases, daughter-inherits all of a dying parent's land
quaternary economic activity
service sector industries concerned with the collection, processing, and manipulation of information and capital, such as finance, administration, insurance, and legal services
quinary economic activities
service sector industries that require a high level of specialized knowledge or technical skill, such as scientific research and high-level management
rectangular land survey
Also called the Public Land Survey, the system was used by the US Land Office Survey to parcel land west of the Appalachian Mountains. The system divides land into a series of rectangular parcels.
root crops
crop that is reproduced by cultivating the of or the cuttings from the plants
secondary economic activity
economic activity involving the processing of raw materials and their transformation into finished industrial goods; the manufacturing sector
seed crops
crop that is reproduced by cultivating the seeds of the plants
shifting cultivation
Cultivation of crops in tropical forest clearings in which the forest vegetation has been removed by cutting and burning. These clearings are usually abandoned after a few years in favor of newly cleared forestland. Also known as slash-and-burn agriculture.
slash-and-burn agriculture
shifting cultivation; cultivation of crops in forest clearings in which the forest vegetation has been removed by cutting and burning.
subsistence farmers
Farmers who grow food primarily or exclusively for their own family to consume, rather than to sell for profit
tertiary economic activity
economic activity associated with the provision of services-such as transportation, banking, retailing, education, and routine office-based jobs
Third Agricultural Revolution
A period of technological change which began in the 1960s with the production of an improved rice hybrid called IR8 and characterized by the use of biotechnology.
township-and-range system
A rectangular land division scheme designed by Thomas Jefferson to disperse settlers evenly across farmlands of the US interior.
von Thunen model
a model that explains the location of agricultural activities in a commercial, profit-making economy. A process of spatial competition allocates various farming activities into rings around a central market city, with profit-earning capability the determining force in how far from the market a crop is grown
a process involving the clustering or concentrating of people or activities. The term often refers to manufacturing plants and businesses that benefit from close proximity because they share skilled-labor pools and technological and financial amenities
break of bulk point
a location along a transportation route where goods must be transferred from one carrier to another
the process of industrial deconcentration in response to technological advances and/or increasing costs due to congestion and competition
process by which companies move industrial jobs to other regions with cheaper labor, leaving the newly deindustrialized region to switch to a service economy and work through a period of high unemployment
a highly organized and specialized system for organizing industrial production and labor, named after the automobile producer Henry Ford; uses assembly line production of standardized components
friction of distance
the increase in time and cost that usually comes with increasing distance
global division of labor
phenomenon whereby corporations and others can draw from labor markets around the world, made possible by the compression of time and space through innovation in communication and transportation systems
Industrial Revolution
the term applied to the social and economic changes in agriculture, commerce, and manufacturing that resulted from technological innovations and specialization in late 18th century Europe
intermodal connections
places where two or more modes of transportation meet (including air, road, rail, barge, and ship
just-in-time delivery
method of inventory management made possible by efficient transportation and communication systems, whereby companies keep on hand just what they need for near-term production, assuming that what they need for longer-term production will arrive when needed
least cost theory
model developed by Alfred Weber according to which the location of manufacturing establishments is determined by trying to minimize the costs of labor, transportation, and excessive agglomeration
locational interdependence
theory developed by economist Harold Hotelling that suggests that competitors, in trying to maximize sales, will work to constrain each other's territory as much as possible which will therefore lead them to locate adjacent to one another in the middle of their collective customer base
with reference to production, to outsource to a third party located outside of the country
with reference to production, to turn over production in part or in total to a third party
world economic system characterized by a more flexible use of production practices in which goods are not mass-produced, instead production has been accelerated and dispersed around the globe by multinational companies that shift production, outsourcing it around the world
primary industrial regions
Western and Central Europe, Eastern North America, Russia and Ukraine, and Eastern Asia, each of which consists of one or more care areas, of industrial development with subsidiary clusters
the South and Southwest regions of the US
centers or nodes of high technology research and activity around which a high technology corridor sometimes develops
variable costs
costs that change directly with the amount of production, such as energy supply and labor costs
acid rain
a growing environmental peril whereby acidified rainwater severely damages plant and animal life, caused by the oxides of sulphur and nitrogen that are released into the atmosphere when oil, coal, and natural gas are burned
subterranean, porous, water-holding rocks
blanket of gasses surrounding the earth, extending some 350 miles above the earth's surface
the total variety of plant and animal species in a particular place
chlorofluorocarbons (CFC)
synthetic organic compounds first created in the 19503 and used as refrigerants and propellants
the clearing and destruction of forests to harvest wood for consumption, clear land for agricultural uses, and make way for expanding settlement frontiers
a period of global cooling during which continental ice sheets and mountain glaciers expand
global warming
theory that the earth is gradually warming as a result of an increased greenhouse effect in the Earth's atmosphere, caused by ever-increasing amounts of carbon dioxide produced by various human activities
the current interglaciation period, extending from 10,000 years ago to the present on the geologic time scale
hydrologic cycle
the system of exchange involving water in its various forms as it continually circulates among the atmosphere, the oceans , and above and below the land surface
sustained warming phase between two glaciations during an ice age
Little Ice Age
temporary but significant cooling period between the fourteenth and the nineteenth century, accompanied by wide temperature fluctuations, droughts, and storms, causing famine and dislocation
mass depletions
loss of diversity through failure to produce new species
mass extinctions
mass destruction of most species
Montreal Protocol
an international agreement signed in 1987 by 105 countries and the European Community (now the EU); called for a reduction in the production and consumption of CFCs of 50% by 2000
oxygen cycle
cycle whereby natural processes and human activity consume atmospheric oxygen and the Earth's flora ,through photosynthesis, consume CO2 and produce oxygen
ozone layer
the layer in the upper atmosphere located between 30 and 45 km above the earth's surface where atmospheric ozone is most densely concentrated; it acts as a filter for the Sun's harmful rays
Pacific Ring of Fire
ocean-girdling zone of crustal instability, volcanism, and earthquakes resulting from the tectonic activity along plate boundaries in the region
the primeval super continent hypothesized by Alfred Wegener, that broke apart and formed the continents and oceans as we know them today; consisted of two parts, a northern Laurasia and a southern Gondwana
the formation of carbohydrates in living plants from water and CO2, through the action of chlorophyll in those plants
the most recent epoch of the late Cenozoic Ice Age, beginning about 1.8 million years ago and marked by as many as 20 glaciations and interglaciations
radioactive waste
hazardous waste emitting radiation
renewable resources
resources that can regenerate as they are depleted
sanitary landfills
disposal sites for non-hazardous solid waste
soil erosion
the wearing of the land surface by wind and moving water
solid waste
non-liquid, non-soluble materials ranging from municipal garbage to sewage sludge, agricultural refuse, and mining residues
toxic waste
hazardous waste causing danger from chemicals and infectious organisms
Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer
the first international convention aimed at addressing the issue of ozone depletion, held in 1985
Wisconsinan glaciation
the most recent glacial period of the Pleistocene, lasting about 100,000 years and ending about 18,000 years ago, when the Holocene began
persons or corporations who control access to information
horizontal integration
ownership by the same firm of a number of companies that exist at the same point on a commodity chain
local exchange trading system (LETS)
a barter system whereby a local currency is created through which members trade service or goods in a local network separated from the formal economy
defined by Manuel Castelis as a set of interconnected nodes without a center
participatory development
the notion that locals should be engaged in deciding what development means for them and how it should be achieved
the cross-promotion of vertically integrated goods
vertical integration
ownership by the same firm of a number of companies that exist at the same point on a commodity chain
Washington Consensus
label used to refer to the following principles of free trade: 1) that free trade raises the well-being of all countries by inducing them to devote their resources to the production of goods that they produce most efficiently, and 2) that competition through trade raises a country's long-term economic growth rates by expanding access to global technologies and promoting innovation
age-sex pyramid
Graphic representation (profile) of a population showing the percentages of the total population by age and sex, normally in five-year groups.
agricultural origins
Carl Sauer theorized that this began in an area north of the Bay of Bengal when people began cultivating plants that can regenerate when some part of the plant itself is buried and tended (for example, root plants like carrots).
antecedent boundary
a political boundary that existed before the cultural landscape emerged and stayed in place while people moved in to occupy the surrounding area
The process through which people lose originally differentiating traits, such as dress, speech particularities, or mannerisms, when they come into contact with another society or culture.
The use of genetically engineered crops in agriculture and DNA manipulation in livestock in order to increase production. Increasingly applied to more advanced stages of food production in the form of radiation of meats and vegetables to prolong their freshness.
a vertical plane that cuts through the subsoil and extends through the airspace above
boundary definition
the actual description of the points through which a boundary passes
boundary delimitation
after a boundary has been defined, the process of actually marking the boundary on a map
boundary demarcation
after a boundary has been defined and delimited, the process of actually marking the boundary on the land by steel posts, concrete pillars, walls, etc.
A traditional building material made of hard, oven-baked or sun-baked blocks of mud shaped into standard sizes
cadastral system
A system that delineates property lines. Includes the rectangular survey system and the metes and bounds survey system.
capital city
the political nerve center of the country, its national headquarters and seat of government, and the center of national life.
Chinese religions
Chinese ethnic religions such as Taoism and Confucianism, which are mixed with elements of Buddhism
compact state
a political-geographic term used to describe a state that possesses a roughly circular, oval, or rectangular territory in which the distance from the geometric center to any point on the boundary exhibits little variance
ethnic term first applied in the Caribbean region to the native-born descendents of the Spanish conquerors and their local consorts
cultural-political boundary
political boundaries that coincide with cultural breaks in the landscape, such as language, religion, and ethnicity
The business of owning and operating a dairy or a dairy farm. Widespread economic activity in northeastern US and northwestern Europe.
The study of patterns and rates of population change, including birth and death rates, migration trends, and evolving population distribution patterns.
dispersed settlement
A type of settlement where there is low population density and the wide spacing of individual homesteads (especially in rural North America
domestic architecture
the architecture of dwellings and outbuildings (such as barns and sheds)
The transformation of a wild animal or wild plant into a domesticated animal or a cultivated crop to gain control over food production
egalitarian society
A society in which people do not differ much in status and wealth. Characterized by dwellings which do not vary much in size.
electoral geography
a subfield of geography that deals with various spatial aspects of voting systems, voting behavior, and voter representation
elongated state
a state whose territory is decidedly long and narrow in that its length is at least six times greater than its average width. Examples: Chile and Vietnam
Migrating away from a country or area; an out-migrant
A basis for human identity based on a combination of people's cultural traits (traditions, customs, language, and religion) and ideas about their ancestry and race
The identification and loyalty a person may feel for his or her nation
Eugenic Protection Act
Policy enacted by the Japanese government in 1948 that legalized abortion for social, medical, and economic reasons
exponential growth
Cumulative or compound growth (of a population) over a given time period.
external migration
Migration across an international border
the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock
feudal city
A type of city which was little more than a town with modest houses and unpaved streets. During this time landlord's estates and the monasteries were more impressive than the cities
folk-preliterate city
the earliest type of city, as identified by Gideon Sjoberg.
forward capital
a capital city positioned in actually or potentially contested territory, usually near an international border
fragmented state
A state whose territory consists of several separated parts, not a contiguous whole.
zone of advance penetration, usually of contention; an area not yet fully integrated into a politically organized area
functional differentiation
A mode of distinguishing things or arrangements based on the purposes or activities to which they are devoted
natural political boundary
political boundaries that coincide with prominent physical features in the natural landscape--such as rivers or the crest ridges of mountain ranges
New World Order
A description of the international system resulting from the collapse of the Soviet Union in which the balance of nuclear terror theoretically no longer determined the destinies of states.
nucleated settlement
A compact, closely packed settlement (usually a hamlet or larger village) sharply demarcated from adjoining farmlands
perforated state
a state whose territory completely surrounds that of another state
political culture
a political system which adheres to a particular set of political ideas
A movement in art, philosophy, and the social sciences that argues that it is impossible to study reality objectively. It rejects the grand theoretical claims of the modern era and stresses the possibility of multiple interpretations in social inquiry, the arts, and politics.
prorupted state
a type of state territorial shape that has a narrow, elongated land extension leading away from the main body of the territory. Example: Thailand
relict boundary
A political boundary that has ceased to function but the imprint of which can still be detected on the cultural landscape.
rimland theory
a geopolitical hypothesis proposed by Nicholas Spykman which asserted that control of coastal Eurasia was the key to world dominance.
Second Agricultural Revolution
A period of technological change from the 1600s to mid 1900s that started in Western Europe beginning with preindustrial improvements like crop rotation and better horse collars, and concluding with industrial innovations to replace human labor with machines and to supplement natural fertilizers and pesticides with chemical ones.
a syncretic religion containing elements of both Hinduism and Islam
stratified society
A society in which the population is divided into a hierarchy of social classes.
subsequent boundary
A political boundary that developed contemporaneously with the evolution of the major elements of the cultural landscape through which it passes.
superimposed boundary
a political boundary place by powerful outsiders on a developed human landscape
supranational organization
A venture involving three or more national states involving formal political, economic, and/or cultural cooperation to promote shared objectives.
syncretic religion
a religion formed from the mixture of different religious traditions combined in an unique way
territorial morphology
a state's geographical shape, which can effect its spatial cohesion and political viability
a state whose government is under the control of a ruler who is deemed to be divinely guided or a state under the control of a group of religious leaders, as in post-Khomeini Iran
Thunian patterns
Self-sufficient agriculture that is small scale and low technology and emphasizes food production for local consumption, not for trade.
traditional religion
a religion that is an intimate part of a local culture and society
A small group of dwellings in a rural area, usually ranking in size between a hamlet and a town.
Traditional dwelling built using poles and sticks that are woven tightly together and then plastered with mud.
religious system of Persia (Iran) prior to the founding of Islam, established by Zoroaster in the 6th century B.C.E., and based on Avesta as holy scripture, emphasizing the continuous apocalyptic struggle between good and evil.