The Power of Place: Geography, Destiny, and Globalization's Rough Landscape

The Power of Place: Geography, Destiny, and Globalization's Rough Landscape

by Harm de Blij
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The Power of Place: Geography, Destiny, and Globalization's Rough Landscape

The world is not as mobile or as interconnected as we like to think. As Harm de Blij argues in The Power of Place, in crucial ways—from the uneven distribution of natural resources to the unequal availability of opportunity—geography continues to hold billions of people in its grip. We are all born into natural and cultural environments that shape what we become, individually and collectively. From our "mother tongue" to our father's faith, from medical risks to natural hazards, where we start our journey has much to do with our destiny. Hundreds of millions of farmers in the river basins of Asia and Africa, and tens of millions of shepherds in isolated mountain valleys from the Andes to Kashmir, all live their lives much as their distant ancestors did, remote from the forces of globalization. Incorporating a series of persuasive maps, De Blij describes the tremendously varied environments across the planet and shows how migrations between them are comparatively rare. De Blij also looks at the ways we are redefining place so as to make its power even more potent than it has been, with troubling implications.

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ISBN-13: 9780199754328
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/16/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 115,846
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. Globals, Locals, and Mobals
2. The Imperial Legacy of Language
3. The Fateful Geography of Religion
4. The Rough Topography of Human Health
5. Geography of Jeopardy
6. Places Open and Shut
7. Same Place, Divergent Destinies
8. Power and the City
9. Promise and Peril in the Provinces
10. Lowering the Barriers
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RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Harm De Blij, a geographer and a philosopher, is passionate about how place shapes a person¿s destiny. He parses statistics to fill in details that maps only hint at telling. He employs rich demographic information to illustrate his thesis about the makeup of the current and future Earth. While some of his conclusions are revelatory and might change the way you think and act regarding certain world phenomena, others seem a bit obvious. The book ping-pongs between mind-blowing insights and yesterday¿s news. Despite its hills and valleys, it provides a fascinating new take on the world, how it has changed, and how it will change or not. getAbstract recommends De Blij¿s worldview to political scientists, investors, health care practitioners, nongovernmental organizations, those who love to collate data, and those who love to study maps and see what revelations lurk within their folds.
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