ISBN-10:
0195367707
ISBN-13:
9780195367706
Pub. Date:
07/01/2008
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
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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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195367706
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 07/01/2008
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 167,159
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Harm de Blij is the John A. Hannah Professor of Geography at Michigan State University. The author of 30 books, including Why Geography Matters, he is an honorary life member of the National Geographic Society and was previously the Geography Editor on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
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
Works Cited
Index
Preface
Acknowledgments
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 Destinites
8. Power and the City
9. Promise and Peril in the Provinces
10. Lowering the Barriers
Works Cited
Index

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The Power of Place: Geography, Destiny and Globalization's Rough Landscape 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
tsubasa7th on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was interesting in a boring way.
Lillian3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thomas Friedman may have sweepingly said, "the world is flat" to capture the changes that have occurred in the way we live in the 21st century, but De Blij reveals how that is the narrow perspective of those privileged few who live in the "global core". For everyone else (the majority of the world's population) the power of place -- geography/place of birth -- continues to hold billions of people in an unrelenting grasp.
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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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