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

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Sada El Balad

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.

Editorial Reviews

"This meticulous analysis of the impact of everything from religious fundamentalism to the streamlining of world languages on these three groups will serve as an indispensable primer for serious policy makers." --Publishers Weekly

"The Power of Place offers a thoughtful، balanced، and meandering tour of the diversity of human geography... Mr. de Blij's vast reach and steady even-handedness make The Power of Place an enjoyable، intellectual stroll. If the author has one overarching theme، it is to remind his readers that much of the world is still suffering with poverty and disease. That fact is always worth remembering." The New York Sun

"For those who want to be on top of world events، yet feel overwhelmed by the amount of information that floods into their homes and offices through the media، The Power of Place is an excellent start." --Nature

"A fascinating book that will resonate with all readers... Indispensable reading... Essential."--CHOICE

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (September 16، 2010)
Language: English
Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 6 inches

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