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Cultural Landscape Field Study of Winston-Salem, NC In this quarter project you will examine Winston-Salem (in the field) and research other regions (in the worldwide web) and determine the human imprint on the physical landscape or the “built environment”. By going out in the field and comparing our site and locale geographers can identify the cultural values, customs, distinctiveness, placelessness, and vernacular perception of the region. By researching on the worldwide web geographers can assess the difference between many of the locale’s features to the features in other locales without having to spend money on airfare or miss school. You may also find pictures you have taken on past trips that can be compared and used for your studies. Regardless each photo essay slide must have a local picture taken by your group. The comparative aspects can be found from your personal collection or on the worldwide web. Where do cultural geographers begin? 1. Assemble a team (no more than 3 or 4). 2. Initiate a plan by asking: a. Schedule times to meet and explore Winston. b. Designate tasks such as research, definitions, leadership c. What are we being asked to do (define terms)? d. Where could we find these places in Winston-Salem? e. Who has a camera, car, technology, etc? f. Any other details…make sure I can read the communication on a self-created googledoc or meeting notes. 3. Take photos around Winston-Salem (housing types, land use, religious buildings, shops, signs, schools, community buildings, restaurants, monuments, cemeteries, historical sites, and statues/landmarks. Use these and other elements to identify the culture of the area. Who has settled there? How has the area changed? Which element fits with which terminology? Have I fully evaluated and applied all the terminology. How do we turn in our cultural study? Your final assessment will be a photo essay placed in a thin 3-ring binder. Pictures will be organized by the main topics to be demonstrated by the photo. Under the photo(s) there will be a in your own words definition of the concept/term and a detailed explanation of how the photo(s) fits with the topic/concept. All extra terminology must be incorporated within your photo essay project. These words may be used once or more than once but all must be included somewhere in your completed assessment. Do not forget to identify location. Using the web you will find pictures within copyright laws to extend your study and illustrate to me your understanding of the overall concepts. Do not use google.com or any other site that “borrows” pictures. A citation must confirm the location of the photo (placed right on the page or as a citation page at the end identifying which picture). How do you know if you have copyright? Sites will have a policy written somewhere identifying the use for educational purposes only. You may also receive written permission to use the picture for an educational project by contacting the site webmaster/creator. If it is a photo you took from a past experience or a friend’s copy of their experience, you must cite them or yourself as the source. The following terms are your main concepts that will be illustrated with each picture or set of pictures taken during your field study. Each concept is one page of your photo essay and must include a photo taken in Winston-Salem: Folk Culture Cultural Preservation Concern for Environment Pollution Environmental Determinism Convergence Hypothesis Urban Landscape Popular Culture Placelessness Beautification (Public versus Public Space) Possibilism Three Distinct Housing Forms Rural Landscape Filtering Syncretism The following terms should be included somewhere in your field study analysis. These terms must be used correctly: Vernacular Functional Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Relocation Multiplier effect Pattern Locale Cultural traits Clustered and scattered (distribution) Distance Decay Mobility Custom Sociofact Artifact Mentifact Do not miss the geographical significance or application of the terms. Due Date January 7th. The first Friday we return from Holiday Break.
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