What is environmental determinism?



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    People who espouse environmental determinism believe that the physical components of a society’s environment — landforms, climate, etc.) determine its cultural and social development. Environmental determinists believe primarily that something like climate has a strong impact on people’s psychological status, and this spreads among the society to help define its culture and behavior. For example, it has long been suggested that people living in colder climates have been more productive and advanced than those living in tropical areas, since the latter simply do not have to work very hard to survive. Another example is that the different sociological characteristics of island tribes exist solely because of their physical isolation.

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