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Geography Vocabulary

Chapter 5

TermDefinition
Demography Statistical study of human populations.
Population Density The average number of people living in an area; usually expressed as persons per square mile or square kilometer.
Birthrate The number of live births each year for every 1,000 people living in a place.
Death Rate Total number of deaths each year for every 1,000 people in a place.
Migration The process of moving from one place to live in another.
Emigrants People who leave a country to live somewhere else.
Immigrants People who came to a new country to live.
Push Factors Factors causing people to leave a location.
Pull Factors Factors attracting people to a new location.
Refugees People who have been forced to leave an area.
Culture All features of a people's way of life.
Culture Traits Learned activities and behaviors that people often take part in.
Culture Region an area in which people have many shared culture traits.
Ethnic Groups Human populations that share a common culture or ancestry.
Acculturation Process in which an individual or group adopts some of the traits of another culture.
Innovation New idea that a culture accepts.
Diffusion A process occurring when an idea or innovation spreads from one person or group is adopted.
Globalization The process in which connections around the world increase and cultures become more a like.
Traditionalism Following longtime practices and opposing many modern technologies and ideas.
Fundamentalism Movement in which people believe in strictly following certain established principles or teachings.
Dialect a regional variety of a language.
Linqua Franca a language of trade and communication used by people who speak different languages.
Ethnic Religions Religions found among people of one ethnic group and that generally have not spread into other cultures.
Animist Religions Religions in which people believe in the presence of the spirits and forces of nature.
Polytheism The belief in many gods.
Universalizing Religions Religions that seek followers all over the world.
Monotheism The belief in one god.
Missionaries People whose goal is to spread their religion.
Mosques Islamic houses of worship.
Hajj Religious journey to Mecca required of Muslims.
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