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Folk & Popular Culture

Human Geography - Chapter 4

Eric Austin

on 18 January 2014

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Transcript of Folk & Popular Culture

Folk & Popular Culture
cultus - "to care for"
Folk & Popular House Styles
Folk housing styles varied according to migration patterns
Diffusion of Popular Media
body of material traits, customary beliefs, and social forms that together constitute the distinct tradition of a group of people
Elements of Folk & Popular Culture
Folk Music
Origin & Diffusion of Music
Modern spectator sports are good examples of popular culture
Origin & Diffusion of Sports
Folk & Popular Food Preferences
Folk & Popular Clothing Preferences
Folk Clothing
Landscapes of Folk & Popular Art & Leisure
Challenges to Landscapes of Folk & Popular Culture
How are folk & popular culture distributed?
How are needs of daily life met in folk & popular culture?
How is the landscape altered by folk & popular culture?
To care about...
To take care of...
Geographers study the origin & diffusion of cultural activity
a repetitive act that an individual performs
a repetitive act of a group
small, homogenous groups living in isolated rural areas
large, heterogeneous societies that share certain customs
folk culture is likely to vary from place to place at a given time
popular culture is more likely to vary from time to time at a given place
Popular Music
usually composed anonymously
transmitted orally
content derived from daily life
landscape of music
written by specific individuals for the purpose of being sold
The Beatles
Green Day
Elton John
Franz Ferdinand
Aphex Twin
The Police
Frank Sinatra
Folk Sports
Ice Hockey
Popular housing styles vary according to changing preferences
small, modest houses designed to house young families & veterans returning from WWII
one story homes with long side parallel to the street
lower level contained garage & "family room"
kitchen and formal living room on intermediate level
bedroom on the top level
flat or low pitched roofs
high-pitched shed roof, giving the house geometric form
shingle covered second story walls
featured dormer windows
steep-pitched front-facing gables and half timbered detailing
large central "great room" replaced separate family & living rooms
Food Taboo
a restriction on behavior imposed by social custom
food preferences are influenced in part by environmental factors
people embrace or avoid specific foods or cultural reasons
contribution of a location's distinctive physical features to the way the food tastes
Popular Clothing
people adopt folk clothing customs in part because of environmental conditions
popular clothing preferences have been adopted by people around the world
TV diffused from the United States to other regions during the 20th century
internet and social media has followed this pattern...
U.S. first saw television in 1930's
1945: 10,000
1951: 10 million
1959: 50 million
diffusion of the internet follows a similar pattern
Folk Culture Landscapes
Popular Culture Landscape
Challenges to Folk Culture
1. Loss of traditional values
2. Imposition of popular culture through media diffusion
Challenges to Popular Culture
Diffusion in the Global Marketplace
Local Cultures & Globalization
expresses views in opposition to the current government
related to human rights, freedom of expression, minority rights, and religious movements
related to sexuality, gambling, and illegal drugs and alcohol, as well as other topics that may be socially sensitive or perceived as offensive
content related to armed conflicts, border disputes, separatist movements, and militant groups
such as email, internet hosting, and searching...
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