Themes Of Human Geography

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Geographers have come up with five themes which can help describe human geography. These themes are present in Ishmael’s book, and help develop the understanding of human geography. One of the themes is region. The first theme region, is shown when Ishmael includes a timeline in the end of the book. A section of the time line reads “The constitution is amended, and all political parties, other than the ruling APC, are banned. Sierra Leone becomes a one-party state, with the APC as its sole legal party” (Beah 222). Because they had one party, and Sierra Leone is an independent state, that makes a functional region. Functional regions have nodes, or the center of a functional region, which in this case is Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. …show more content…
Globalization can be seen in this book during the opening chapters. Ishmael goes to Mattru Jong because Mohamed, Junior, Talloi, and Ishmael had “started a rap and dance group” (Beah 6). Hip-hop was not a common genre of music in their culture. Since the hip-hop they heard was from The United States, the cause of this was globalization. Globalization is the connection between countries which spread culture, politics, music, and economic growth with each other. The United States’ music was introduced in Sierra Leone, because of globalization. Ishmael also helps globalization when he performs hip-hop dances at villages and at the Benin Home in front of NGO’s and members of UNICEF, which furthermore spreads Hip-Hop throughout the …show more content…
This theme is seen when Ishmael encounters a pack of wild boars and then remembers a memory of his grandmother. “I feared coming in contact with wild animals like leopards, lions, and wild pigs” (Beah 53). Another supporting quote is “Since that day, the wild pigs have distrusted all humans, and whenever they see a person in the forest, They think he or she is there to avenge the hunter” (Beah 54). Nature-Culture is a two way interaction between nature and culture. The first quote shows that Ishmael and his culture are not comfortable with nature, so he walks near trees. The second quote displays the interaction of the wild pigs to the humans as very hostile and violent. The second quote also shows that Ishmael’s culture have an organic view, because they believe the wild pigs have their own soul and must not be offended. When they were offended, they killed the hunter in the story and kill any human they see, which is supported by the second quote. These interactions help build the nature-culture relationship between the

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