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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Stereotypes Capture Europe in Color

A big part of what anthropologists learn has to do with culture. Culture is learned, not biologically determined. It's hard to put aside ethnocentric views, as what we learn is the only way.  I think this is the reasoning behind these stereotypical maps of Europe. This is how the majority of the world views Europe, reminding us that our personal bias has once again gotten in the way.

Yanko Tsvetkov, a Bulgarian living in Great Britain, created the first map in 2009 in the midst of the energy dispute between Russia and the Ukraine.

“I just created it to amuse my friends but when I put it up on my website so many people liked it that I decided to really focus on the project of mapping the stereotypes based on different places in Europe. I was surprised by the reaction because I never really expected it to take off like this.”

You must see all of those maps at Andrew Cusack's site

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