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Ch 14: Overview of Human Geography

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With these lessons you will have the opportunity to improve your understanding of how geography shapes cultures, historical periods since 8000 B.C.E., interactions between social minorities and majorities and the anthropological study of family and groups.

Overview of Human Geography - Chapter Summary

Watch these lesson videos and follow along with our professional instructors as they explain the relationships between geography and culture, historical patterns in cultures and the anthropological study of kinship and groups. These lessons are short and engaging so that you may have a quick and effective way to improve your understanding of:

  • Cultural ecology, environmental determinism and cultural geography
  • Reoccurring themes of societal migration, evolution, aggression and industrialization
  • Historical periods between 8000 B.C.E to the present and the methods of studying history
  • Emergence, coalescence, bureaucratization and decline of social movements
  • Different languages, races, and ethnicities of the world and the interactions between minorities and majorities
  • Patrilocality, matrilocality and neologality
  • Anthropological study of resource managements in groups

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11 Lessons in Chapter 14: Overview of Human Geography
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Environmental Determinism and Cultural Ecology: Definitions, Relation & Adaptation

1. Environmental Determinism and Cultural Ecology: Definitions, Relation & Adaptation

How do cultures develop? How does the environment influence culture? In this lesson, we'll examine some of the historical and contemporary approaches to those questions, including environmental determinism and cultural ecology.

Human & Cultural Geography: Definition, Characteristics & Studies

2. Human & Cultural Geography: Definition, Characteristics & Studies

Humans don't exist in a vacuum. We live with other humans, and we live in a specific environment. In this lesson, we'll examine human & cultural geography, including what it is, and what types of topics are studied in the field.

Recurring Themes in History: Societal Migration, Evolution, Aggression & Industrialization

3. Recurring Themes in History: Societal Migration, Evolution, Aggression & Industrialization

In this lesson, we will examine some recurring themes throughout history. We will see how societal migration, cultural transformation, conflicts, industrialization, and other trends help facilitate historical development.

Periods of World History: Overviews of Eras from 8000 B.C.E to the Present

4. Periods of World History: Overviews of Eras from 8000 B.C.E to the Present

In this lesson, we will look at the six periods of world history. We will learn the defining characteristics of each and highlight the major themes associated with each period.

Historical Methodology: Evidence and Interpretation

5. Historical Methodology: Evidence and Interpretation

In this lesson. we will learn about historical methodology. We will learn how history is constructed based on evidence and how various interpretations are formulated.

Social Movement Stages: Emergence, Coalescence, Bureaucratization & Decline

6. Social Movement Stages: Emergence, Coalescence, Bureaucratization & Decline

Although social movements around the world differ from each other in many ways, they all generally go through a life cycle marked by the progressive stages of emergence, coalescence, bureaucratization, and decline. In this lesson we will discuss the four stages of social movements.

The World's Major Languages: Development & Diffusion

7. The World's Major Languages: Development & Diffusion

Can you guess the most widely spoken languages in the world? This lesson will explore the evolution of languages and how linguists aim to understand them.

Race and Ethnicity Definitions: Social Minority vs. Social Majority

8. Race and Ethnicity Definitions: Social Minority vs. Social Majority

This lesson introduces concepts important to understanding race and ethnicity. First, a distinction is made between 'race' and 'ethnicity.' Next, the idea of a social minority is defined, along with distinction and subordination. Finally, U.S. trends regarding minority influence are outlined.

Interactions Between Social Majorities and Minorities

9. Interactions Between Social Majorities and Minorities

The world is a diverse place full of all sorts of people. In this lesson, we'll examine the effects of pluralism and what happens when people from different backgrounds interact, including segregation, genocide, assimilation, and miscegenation.

Family and Kinship: Patrilocality, Matrilocality & Neolocality

10. Family and Kinship: Patrilocality, Matrilocality & Neolocality

The family, as a social institution, is an extremely important subject of study for sociologists. In this lesson, we define family and kinship, and we discuss three different patterns of residency and systems of family lineage.

How Anthropologists Study Resource Management within Groups

11. How Anthropologists Study Resource Management within Groups

This lesson will seek to explain how resource management occurs around the globe. In doing so, it will highlight the term 'technology,' as well as the concept of usufruct.

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