Impact of Economic Ideas on Political & Human Geography

Instructor: Brianna Whiting
We all form relationships with different people. What most of us do not realize is that those relationships are often influenced by our location. In this lesson, we will explore political and human geography and their connection with economic ideas.

Economic Ideas

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.

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