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From the perspective of cultural landscape studies, looking at the distribution of posted campaign signs provides a novel way of seeing these signs and some of the social and cultural relationships manifested in their 'geographical constitution.' The cultural landscap an interactive, communicative, and reflexive component of the human experience - holds cues to what people are up to. Similarly, it can be instrumental in shaping and maintaining what people are up to. Geographical patterns of the cultural landscape practice of posting domestic campaign signs offer insights into Pandora Jewelry how different groups engage in political participation differently and how that difference is indeed manifested in the ways that these groups utilize the landscape as an arena of discourse.


The notion that the landscape is a communicative device has long been the basis for its conceptual use, in geography and beyond. Plentiful debate has long accompanied this use, shaping conceptual definitions, utilization, and interpretation. What the landscape communicates, of course, depends a lot on who is looking, what they know, what they what to know, what informs their world view(s) and why. As an empirically observable reflection or result of human activity, the idea that spatial patterns in cultural activity produce spatially recognizable and observable forms of landscape has been with modern geography at least since August Meitzen (Sauer 1941). This was foundational in the Berkeley legacy of seeking to understand complex cultural processes through explaining and interpreting observable patterns in material landscapes, the "unwitting biography" that humans produce, though we also Jewelry On Sale have learned that structures of power may hide part of the human story behind such products. The continued relevance of this approach is apparent, for example, in recent examination of the "evidence landscape" and its relation to land rights in the developing world.


The landscape also communicates in a different way. Anthropologist Miles Richardson (1994), among others, pointed out that, in addition to the unwitting evidence we produce and leave behind, we communicate more symbolic, intentional messages in the landscape. Landscapes carry significant meaning but this meaning is subjective. Additionally, landscapes can be and are actively manipulated to communicate specific values or ideals. Landscapes, then, are material, mnemonic, cultural, communicative, social, political, economic, and environmental manifestations of human activity and intent. They may both reflect what people are up to while simultaneously, through symbolic meaning, help shape what people are up to.



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This article was published on 2010/10/14