How does geography reflect and shape power relationships among groups?
Power relationships, assumptions and structures about who is in control and who has power over others, play a major role in peoples' identities. Policies the government create, and the way they enforce them, can lead to entire groups of people being subjegated, and subjected to discrimination, altering the distribution of people around a nation. For example, the "Jim Crow Laws" in the United States segregated the Negros from the whites in the Southern states. This also has a fundamental impact on what regions and people are vunerable, and ultimately more supsceptible to disease, death, injury, or famine. Geographers use mapping and spatial analysis (GIS
Chinese pagotas and the Hotel del Norte
Chinese pagotas and the Hotel del Norte
Systems) to predict and explain these trends. The scales to which we use to identify different identities are: individual, local, regional, national, and global.

The processes of constructing identities are rooted in places, and these places play the biggest part on peoples' identities. Geographer Gillian Rose, along with many other geographers say that we develop a sense of place when we are in an area that we fit in, and that sense of place changes, just as our identities change, when we move to new ares. Our ethnicity is centrally developed from our places, and things like ethnic neighborhoods and cultural restaurants develop when people migrate and settle in a new area so they can keep their identity and welcome others with similar ones. An example of this is Chinatown in Mexicali.

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