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

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Oxford University Press, Jun 20, 2008 - Social Science - 304 pages
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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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Review: The Power of Place: Geography, Destiny, and Globalization's Rough Landscape

User Review  - John Grange - Goodreads

De Blij certainly debunked, albeit not very aggressively, the "world is flat" narrative surrounding globalization and international affairs. However the book lacked the depth and scholarship necessary ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Kirsten - Goodreads

My husband made me read this because he's a huge fan of De Blij. Frankly, the overall argument was nothing new to me, and I agree with it. It was backed up with a litany of facts (sometimes it reads ... Read full review

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Contents

1 Globals Locals and Mobals
3
2 The Imperial Legacy of Language
31
3 The Fateful Geography of Religion
52
4 The Rough Topography of Human Health
81
5 Geography of Jeopardy
108
6 Places Open and Shut
136
7 Same Place Divergent Destinies
157
8 Power and the City
182
9 Promise and Peril in the Provinces
207
10 Lowering the Barriers
233
Works Cited
257
Index
263
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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."

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