Scale: From Local to Global
Types of Scale
Scale is how narrow or broad a
geographer studies something.
Local scale- within neighborhoods
Regional scale- counties or states
National scale- the whole country
Global scale- the whole world
Local views emphasize unique attributes.
Global views emphasize patterns and
Moving Between Scales
To understand human activities, people must be
able to see both the small and large scale.
At local level, conflict between Hutus and
Tutsis in Rwanda is occurs from families
passing on racism.
At national level, conflict is happening
because of migration patterns and economic
To solve conflict, both local and national
issues must be addressed.
A slogan “Think global, Act Local” was
used to promote better treatment of the
environment. What does that mean?
Impact of Globalization
Globalization of economy allows for
transnational or multinational corporations to
Activities of the company operate all over the world.
This allows areas around world to specialize:
manufacturing, banking, hi-tech, research, etc.
Globalization impacts culture.
Different ethnic groups becoming more alike.
This can lead to conflict: excluded groups become
frustrated, or groups resist changes to their culture.
Read “Lizzie’s Morning”. List proof of
globalization impacting her day.
How was “It’s a Flat World” related to