The Power of Place: Geography, Destiny, and Globalizations Rough Landscape

Paperback | September 15, 2010

byHarm de Blij

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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 areall 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 riverbasins 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 variedenvironments 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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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 areall born into natural and cultural environm...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgments1. Globals, Locals, and Mobals2. The Imperial Legacy of Language3. The Fateful Geography of Religion4. The Rough Topography of Human Health5. Geography of Jeopardy6. Places Open and Shut7. Same Place, Divergent Destinies8. Power and the City9. Promise and Peril in the Provinces10. Lowering the BarriersWorks CitedIndex

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"Informative and provocative...made all the richer by his inspired use of maps. Substantive and smart." --ShelfAwareness.com