Article Title

Use of Business-Naming Practices to Delineate Vernacular Regions: A Michigan Example

Journal Title/Source

Journal of Geography

Publication Date

2015

Volume

114

Issue (if applicable)

5

Page Numbers

188-196

DOI (if applicable)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00221341.2014.965187

Document Type

Journal Article

Department

Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences

Abstract

This article provides a history of efforts to map vernacular regions as context for offering readers a way of using business directories in order to construct a GIS-based map of vernacular regions. With Michigan as a case study, the article discusses regional-naming conventions, boundaries, and inclusions and omissions of areas from regional labels in order to offer educators ideas that can enhance classroom content on regions. This article concludes by providing suggestions for classroom activities collecting, analyzing, and discussing vernacular region patterns and processes in accordance with National Geography Standard Five at the eighth-grade level.