Brianna has a masters of education in educational leadership, a DBA business management, and a BS in animal science.
How do you feel about the economy? Do you follow the stock market? Do you think there are enough jobs being offered? Do you think the government is doing enough to make the living conditions ideal for all that live in this country?
Your thoughts about these questions are essentially your own economic ideas. They are the way you feel about the community you live in. They explain what you think needs to be changed about the economy and what you think is working well. While we all have our own thoughts and ideas about the economy, often times those ideas are influenced by where we live and the relationships we have formed.
Human and Political Geography Defined
Before we go any further, let's start with some basic definitions. Human geography is looking at relationships and how our environment influences those relationships. In other words, it looks at explaining how the places we live affect the relationships we create. It also considers how our culture is connected to our physical location. Some examples of human geography include language, music, and even art.
Much like human geography, political geography studies relationships. However, political geography looks at those residing in a particular geographical location and how their political viewpoints and relationships are formed because of that geographical location. In other words, it is the study of political groups that reside in certain locations.
Effects of Economic Ideas on Human Geography
So how do economic ideas affect human geography? Well, economic ideas are ways of thinking about the economy. For example, some people might move to the United States because they think that there are an abundance of opportunities to attend college and obtain a job that will pay enough money to live a fulfilling life. They then might begin to make relationships with other wealthy people while building their new home in the newest development in their community. Thus, influencing their human geography.
However, if those individuals suddenly lost their jobs and begin to desperately try to make ends meet, they might think that the United States is not doing enough to provide jobs for all of those that need jobs and thus move out of the country. Once they move, they may make relationships with other job seekers. Again, showing how economic ideas influence human geography.
Effects of Economic Ideas on Political Geography
From a political stand point, those individuals that moved to the United States to get a job and found one may feel positive about their situation. They may feel that there are so many opportunities for them that they decide to keep reaching for an even better position. They feel that the government should not help those that are struggling because they should work harder to achieve a lifestyle similar to their own. This economical thinking only inspires them to achieve more and work for advancements at their place of work because they do not feel that it is the responsibility of the government to provide help.
For those that are struggling, they may feel that the government needs to do more to provide jobs for those that need them. This economic way of thinking may influence them to stay out of the United States because they do not feel that there are any valuable opportunities for employment. Their economic hardships have, therefore, formed their political views about the lack of assistance from the government.
Out economic ideas often play a big factor in our decision on where we live and who we spend time with. The relationships we build are often influenced by our environment, which is known as human geography. Political geography explains the political relationships and ideas we form based on our location.
Our economic ideas heavily impact both human and political geography because we build relationships with those around us, who understand the economic conditions in that particular area, and we ultimately form political opinions that matches the economic hardships or lack thereof that we are going through.
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