geography

David Harvey on the Geography of Capitalism, Understanding Cities as Polities and Shifting Imperialisms

Popular talk on globalization often downplays the importance of ‘location’ in International Relations. One of the protagonists of a spatial approach to issues of power is David Harvey, world renown for his urban geography and emphasis on the relationship between urbanization and inequality. In this Talk, Harvey – amongst others – lays out the dialectic dynamics of the capitalist and the territorial logic of power, explains why one should analyze cities in IR, and how different levels of analysis are necessary to comprehend current global processes.

Link to Talk:- http://www.theory-talks.org/2008/10/theory-talk-20-david-harvey.html

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We asked Americans to label maps of Africa to prove an important point about Boko Haram and Nigeria

Mark Hay at GOOD suggests the media covered Paris more than Nigeria because “we think we understand Paris” — whereas our “systemic disengagement” from Nigeria, and Africa in general, frames it as “distant, chaotic, and devoid of familiar faces.” Indeed, ignorance about a people, a country or an entire continent is a logical indicator that it won’t be prioritized when more familiar options are on the table.

To illustrate this lack of understanding, and the disengagement that comes with it, we conducted a geography experiment.

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Geography holds billions of people in its grip.
We are all born into natural and cultural environments
that shape what we become, individually and collectively…

 From our “mother tongue” to our father’s faith, 
from medical risks to natural hazards,
where we start our journey has much to do with our future.

- Harm de Blij, The Power of Place:
Geography, Destiny, and Globalization’s Rough Landscape

Satellite map of Patagonia during Winter

Snow runs down the spine of the Andes Mountains along the southern tip of South America. Chile is on the left, and Argentina is on the right. The water cutting across the continent in the bottom center of the image is the Strait of Magellan, once the only safe route between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. Along the coast of Argentina, waters of the Atlantic Ocean are tinted green with sediment. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite captured this true-color image on August 24, 2003.

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Death in the city: what happens when all our cemeteries are full?

Article from The Guardian explores the conflict over land and precious space in expanding cities around the would and the ever increasing need to bury the dead with an increasing population. Examples are given of more practical and modern ways of dealing with this issue making the life cycle of people far more sustainable  and making space more efficient.

A further photograph gallery shows some of the crowded terraces of graves in Hong Kong, one of the worlds most densely populated cities.