Changing places: Key Terms


A-Level Geography (Changing places) Flashcards on Changing places: Key Terms, created by Eve Morgan on 01/08/2017.
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Locale This is the place where something happens or is set, or that has particular events associated with it.
Location 'Where' a place is, for example the co-ordinates on a map.
Perception of place This is the way in which place is viewed or regarded by people. This can be influenced by media representation or personal experience.
Place Defined as a location with meaning. Places can be meaningful to individuals in ways that are personal or subjective. Places can also be meaningful at a social or cultural level and these meanings may be shared by different groups or people.
Placemaking The deliberate shaping of an environment to facilitate social interaction and improve a community's quality of life.
Sense of place This refers to the subjective and emotional attachment people have to a place. People develop a sense of place through experience and knowledge of a particular area.
Agents of change These are the people who impact on a place whether through living, working or trying to improve that place. Examples would include residents, community groups, corporate entities, central and local government and the media.
Endogenous factors In the context of place, this refers to the characteristics of the place itself factors which have originated internally. This would include aspects such as location, physical geography, land use and social and economic characteristics such as population size and employment rates.
Exogenous factors This refers to the relationship of one place with other places and the external factors which affect this. The demographic, socio-economic and cultural characteristics of a place are shaped by shifting flows of people, resources, money and investment.
Infrastructure Relates to the services considered essential to enable or enhance living conditions. These primarily consist or transport communications (roads, railways, canals, airports), communications infrastructure (broadband) and services such as water supply, sewers and electrical grids. It may also include infrastructure such as the local education system, healthcare provision, local government and law enforcement, as well as emergency services.
Meaning Relates to individual or collective perceptions of place.
Media Means of communication including television, film, photography, art, newspapers, books, songs, etc. These reach or influence people widely.
Objective Not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts.
Qualitative data Information that is non-numerical and used in a relatively unstructured and open-ended way. It is descriptive information, which often comes from interviews, focus groups, or artistic depictions such as photographs. Some types of qualitative data can be coded and may be subject to qualitative analysis.
Quantitative data Data that can be quantified and verified and is amenable to statistical manipulation.
Representation How a place is portrayed or seen in society.
Subjective Based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes or opinions.
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