Ch. 2 pt. 2 Spatial Interaction Spatial interaction Movement of people, goods, info, etc. between places Spatial Diffusion ? the way things spread through space and over time; the spread of an idea or innovation from its hearth to other areas. Types of Diffusion Contagion/expansion diffusion ? spreads adjacently Hierarchical ? spreads to most linked people or places first. Ex. Fashion trends Mixed ? combination of expansion and hierarchical diffusion Ex. diseases Regional Analysis Region- larger sized territory that encompasses many places; share similar attributes ? Knox and Marston Regional Analysis ? understanding complex relationships between people and places by examining similarities and differences among them Regional Analysis 3 key concepts: Regionalization, landscape, and sense of place Regionalization Classification of individual units and places into a larger group Types of regions: Formal, Functional, Perceptual/Vernacular Regions Formal region: defined by a commonality, typically a cultural linkage or a physical characteristic. ex. Functional region: defined by a set of social, political, or economic activities or the interactions that occur within it. ex. Regions Perceptual/ Vernacular Region: ideas in our minds, based on accumulated knowledge of places and regions, that define an area of ?sameness? or ?connectedness.? ex. the South the Mid-Atlantic the Middle East Landscape Overall appearance of an area made up of natural and man made features Ordinary/Vernacular Landscapes: everyday landscapes people create in ordinary lives Landscape Symbolic Landscape ? represent particular values that the builders and community members want to impart Also become symbols of national identity Sense of Place Feelings evoked from a place infused with meaning and emotion by remembering important events that occurred in that place or labeling that place with a certain character Ex. Feeling of ?home? Sense of Place Insiders: develops through shared experiences such as speech patterns, public comportment, dress codes, etc. Does your behavior change when location changes? Sense of Place Outsiders: evoked only if local landmarks, ways of life, etc. are distinctive enough to develop common meaning for outsiders
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