Regions and Culture, Core Characteristics J.M. Jeandell Seaford Senior HS
DE Geography Standard #4 GEOGRAPHY Standard Four: Students will develop an understanding of the character and use of regions and the connections between and among them. 6-8: Students will explain how conflict and cooperation among people contributes to the division of the Earth's surface into distinctive cultural regions and political territories. 9-12: Students will apply knowledge of the types of regions and methods of drawing boundaries to interpret the Earth's changing complexity.
Defining “Region” A large, usually continuous segment of a surface or space; area. A large, indefinite portion of the earth's surface. A specified district or territory. An area of interest or activity; a sphere. So…a region is a portion of area that is given some kind of name based upon a unified/shared characteristic that is perceived
Characteristics that Define Regions Physical Regions (landform, directional, climate) Political Regions (Government type, Affiliation) Social Regions (Culture, Religion, Language) Economic Regions (Land Use, common product, Wealth)
Regions and Structure Formal Region: An area of near uniformity (homogeneity) in one or several characteristics. Sometimes defined properly! Functional Region: A region created by the interactions between a central node and surrounding locations. Perceptual Region:An area defined by subjective perceptions that reflect the feelings and images about key place characteristics. When these perceptions come from the local, ordinary folk, a perceptual region can be called a vernacular region.
Regions and Structure Core: The zone of greatest concentration or homogeneity of the culture traits that characterize a region. Domain: The area outside of the core of a culture region in which the culture is still dominant but less intense. Sphere (a.k.a Periphery): The zone of outer influence for a culture region. Also an area of inter-mixing.