The Power of Place
Geography, Destiny, and Globalization's Rough Landscape
By (author) Harm J. De Blij
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Power of Place by Harm J. De Blij
Book DescriptionIn recent years a spate of books and articles have argued that the world today is so mobile, so interconnected and so integrated that it is, in one prominent assessment, flat. But as Harm de Blij contends in The Power of Place, geography continues to hold billions of people in an unrelenting 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, and thus with our chances of overcoming the obstacles in our way. Incorporating a series of revealing maps, de Blij focuses on the rough terrain of the world's human and environmental geography. The world's continuing partition into core and periphery, and apartheid-like obstructions to migration from the former to the latter, help explain why, in this age of globalization, less than 3 percent of "mobals" live in countries other than where they were born. Maps of language distribution suggest why English, the Latin of the latter day, may become as hybridized as its forerunner. The fateful map of religion casts a shadow of what he calls "endarkenment" over the future of the planet in a time of increasingly destructive weaponry. 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 for the future. Optimistic demographic projections based on declining national populations in the global core are tempered by the prospect that the vast majority of the 3 billion additions to the world's population will burden the periphery. Megacities such as Lagos and Jakarta with their corridors and nodes of globalization foreshadow a future of potentially explosive social contrasts. Subnational entities from southern Sudan to northern Sri Lanka seek independence at a time when the planet's limited living space is already fragmented into 200 states. Looking down from the business-class compartment of a transcontinental airliner, the world looks a lot flatter than it does from the doorway of a dwelling in a local village. Harm de Blij brings us back to earth to reveal the all-too-rugged contours of place.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195367706
(242mm x 163mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 11-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Harm J. De Blij
Human Geography, Hardback (February 2015)
Human Geography 11th Edition teaches students to appreciate the diversity of people, places, and cultures, and understand the role people play in shaping our world.
Geography, Hardback (December 2013)
Geography: Realms, Regions, and Concepts, 16th Edition helps readers build and develop their mental map of the world around them. Topics covered in this text are diverse and the skills, concepts, ideas, and terms that students are expected to learn are numerous.
World Today, Paperback (November 2013)
Anyone interested in learning about geographic concepts will appreciate this concise text that highlights important concepts. The fifth edition presents authoritative content, currency, and outstanding cartography and continues to build on its strength for understanding maps with the help of additional question types.
Why Geography Matters, More Than Ever, Paperback (December 2012)» View all books by Harm J. De Blij
"This work was first published by Oxford University Press in 2005 as Why Geography Matters: Three Challenges Facing America."
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Author Biography - Harm J. De Blij
Harm de Blij is the John A. Hannah Professor of Geography at Michigan State University. The author of 30 books including most recently Why Geography Matters, he is an honorary life member of the National Geographic Society and was for seven years the Geography Editor on ABC's Good Morning America.
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