cultural diffusion

VIDEO via FreeBase: Charting Culture by Mapping Migration

August 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Video: Thousands of Years of Human Migration in Five Minutes By Lisa Raffensperger | July 31, 2014 2:00 pm   It’s enough to put an old-fashioned family tree to shame. A visualization of the migration routes of more than 150,000 people, from 600 BC to the present day, brings to life human history in the Western world in an engrossing and novel way. The model, produced by Maximilian Schich, at the University of Texas at Dallas, along with collaborators from the U.S., Switzerland and Hungary, represents the birth and death dates and locations of individual people. These data came from community database Freebase, a well-known German encyclopedia of the world’s artists, and Getty’s online artist names database. The sample included such notable individuals as David, King of Israel, and Leonardo da Vinci, but, since Freebase is editable by anyone, it also included average folk. “You will have people where we know that there was a carpenter in Nuremberg, who lived from 1530 to [...]

LESSON PLAN: Types of Cultural Diffusion

August 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Human Imprint Notes: I have my students complete this assignment to apply their understanding of the different types of diffusion to real world scenarios that they choose. By the end of the year, I am always a bit amazed that they are able to recall what their little drawing was for each type of diffusion. And don’t let the non-artists complain their way out of this one. Stick figures are totally encouraged (that is the purpose of a caption). Time: 50 Minutes Purpose: Students will learn the differed types of cultural diffusion and practice them by creating illustrated examples on a worksheet. Lecture: Provide the differences between the four different types of diffusion and provide examples. Hierarchic, Contagious, Stimulus, and Relocation diffusions. Worksheet: Pass out the cultural diffusion worksheet and read it together, have the students work on it during the remainder of class and walk around the room to make sure that students are understanding the concept by using [...]

NEWS via Times-Picayune: Shotgun geography: the history behind the famous New Orleans elongated house

February 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Shotgun geography: the history behind the famous New Orleans elongated house Few elements of the New Orleans cityscape speak to the intersection of architecture, sociology and geography so well as the shotgun house. Once scorned, now cherished, shotguns shed light on patterns of cultural diffusion, class and residential settlement, social preferences and construction methods. Photo by Doug Parker/ The Times-Picayune archive NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Few elements of the New Orleans cityscape speak to the intersection of architecture, sociology and geography so well as the shotgun house. Once scorned, now cherished, shotguns shed light on patterns of cultural diffusion, class and residential settlement, social preferences and construction methods.   The shotgun house is not an architectural style; rather, it is a structural typology — what folklorist John Michael Vlach described as “a philosophy of space, a culturally determined sense of dimension.” A [...]
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