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Barriers to Movement

Alexander H. Harcourt

in Human Biogeography

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780520272118
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520951778 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520272118.003.0004
Barriers to Movement

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Even now, geographic barriers limit human distribution. In general, different languages are spoken on either side of mountains, oceans, rivers, and deserts. Xenophobia also limits the movement of people. More mildly, discomfort with alien customs means that we stay near where we were born. Xenophobia obviously has unpleasant effects, even lethal effects, but a benefit of barriers to movement is that cultural diversity is maintained.

Keywords: barriers; diversity; geography; mountains; oceans; rivers; xenophobia

Chapter.  3200 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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