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Virginia SOL - World Geography: Cultural Identity - Chapter Summary
In this chapter we'll review different elements of culture including methodologies for classifying those cultures and some of the controversies surrounding that notion. We'll also take a look at how culture can influence various aspects of society. In this chapter you'll learn how:
- Cultures are defined
- Artifacts and buildings are influenced by culture
- Common methodologies of human grouping define concepts like culture and race
- Culture influences on a geographic region
- Cultural globalization affects indigenous cultures
- Concepts such as assimilation influence our interpretations of culture
- External and internal cultural identity can differ
We have engaging video lessons, structured specifically to help you with reviewing the Virginia SOL World Geography examination. These videos come with numerous video tags so it's easy to navigate through information and accurate transcripts will help you follow along. At the end of each lesson we have a self-assessment quiz so that you can easily track your progress.
1. What Makes a Culture? - Vocabulary
When you think of culture, you probably get a mix of images in your head, which might include things like ceremonies, dress, and food. But what really makes a culture? Watch this lesson to find out more about culture traits, complexes, and hearths.
2. Cultural Artifacts & Buildings: Vocabulary
Have you ever noticed how cities around the world can look very different from each other? In this lesson, we'll examine the ways that culture can influence the environment, including built environment, cultural landscape, and cultural/environmental perception.
3. Elements of Culture: Vocabulary
What makes a culture unique? What do people within a culture believe and think? In this lesson, we'll take a look at the elements that make up a culture, including the intangible aspect of mentifacts and the difference in popular and folk cultures.
4. Cultural Institutions & Beliefs: Vocabulary
Have you ever thought about why government is formed the way that it is? In this lesson, we'll look at the way culture structures itself, as well as why people from different cultures eat and behave the way they do.
5. Identity and Human Grouping: Cultural, Ethnic, Racial & Gender
This lesson will seek to explain the different human groupings of culture, race, ethnicity, and gender. In doing so, it will discuss how these terms are and are not tied to biological and physical traits.
6. 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.
7. Internal & External Identity: Definition & Differences
This lesson goes over the concepts of internal and external identity. You'll learn what they are, how they differ, and examples of how people may use or hide their identity given a differing audience.
8. Spatial Association of Culture Regions: Definition, Distinctions & Influences
Have you ever noticed that people who live near water eat a lot of fish? Or that rainforests are in areas that have a lot of rain and high temperatures? In this lesson, we'll look at spacial associations in geography, as well as how they relate to culture.
9. Cultural Influence on a Geographic Region: Vocabulary
How does a culture spread? And how can we study the way that culture changes across physical space? In this lesson, we'll look at two approaches to cultural geography: the core-domain-sphere model and culture regions and realms.
10. Ancient & Contemporary Culture Hearths
How do some ideas become so important that they can change the world? In this lesson, we'll look at this question from the perspective of culture hearths, and see what role they've played in diffusing ideas around the globe.
11. Sequent Occupance, Acculturation & Assimilation: Definition & Examples
Cultures occur within physical space, giving us a distinct way to interpret them. In this lesson, we are going to look at cultural interactions with physical space and see how different groups interact with each other.
12. Cultural Globalization & Its Impact on Indigenous Cultures
Explore the meaning of globalization and cultural globalization in today's world. Learn about both the positive and negative aspects of cultural globalization and its impact on indigenous cultures.
13. Historical Ethnic & Religious Conflicts: Discussion & Examples
In this lesson, let's examine cultural, ethnic, and religious conflicts throughout history. We will identify examples of these types of conflict, and we will analyze the dynamics involved. Key themes and developments associated with these conflicts will also be addressed.
14. Identifying Mixed-Race Cultures
Racial identity can be a strong factor within many societies. In this lesson, we'll explore the concept of multiracial identity and examine a few major examples in the Western Hemisphere.
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