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Alexander Harcourt

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520272118

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520272118.001.0001

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Barriers to Movement

Barriers to Movement

(p.77) 4 Barriers to Movement
Human Biogeography

Alexander H. Harcourt

University of California Press

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

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