geographical determinism


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geographical determinism

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(Sociology) sociol the theory that human activity is determined by geographical conditions
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Some might think of this as straight-up geographical determinism, and consider Diamond to be one of its greatest modern apologists, but he says that he avoids the term today.
Approximately the German view, namely, geographical determinism, or as one German writer put it, "the geographical conscience of the state.
Moody eschews geographical determinism, noting that the matter cannot be seen as a conflict between north and south, the developed versus the developing world.
Frank Davey defines geographical determinism as "a belief that the landscape has or should have--effects on the personalities and perspectives of its inhabitants, [and] leads to the assumption that these effects should have greater importance to the individual than do other possible grounds of identity" (5).
Cook admits to being influenced by Diamond's geographical determinism with Holocene climatic conditions opening a window of opportunity that humans exploited in order to evolve genetically and culturally.
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