The Power of Place: Geography, Destiny, and Globalizations Rough Landscape
The author next connects Christianity and Islam, the two dominant global religions, with the global core and periphery.
Christianity has about 1. Furthermore, while Christianity is scattered over the globe in the global core and the periphery, Islam is in the periphery, contiguous, and concentrated in northern Africa, the Middle East, and southwest Asia. Or as stated by the author:.
If chance births you in the periphery, you face a marginal quality of life. The author goes on to discuss the geographic variability of risk due to natural disasters, the power of cities, land-locked countries, and other topics illustrating the social and economic hills and valleys of the globe.
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While I found the preceding chapters to be illuminating, this last one was somewhat disappointing. Suggestions offered in the last chapter for lowering the barriers include helping children become bilingual or multilingual and protecting children form religious fanaticism.
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Adjustments of national boundaries are suggested as a means of reducing ethnic and religious conflict. Other ideas offered by de Blij include preventing terrorists from obtaining nuclear weapons; providing much more access to potable water in the periphery; attacking infectious diseases that appear to be making a comeback in tropical periphery areas as a result of global warming; and, based on his assumption that human activity is a significant contributor to global warming, implementing remedial actions.
Accordingly, I recommend his book to anyone who wants to further understand the global context of their work and life and mentor others to do likewise. Feel free to share this book review with anyone. Stuart G. Walesh, Ph.
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More options. Find it at other libraries via WorldCat Limited preview. Bibliography Includes bibliographical references p. Contents Globals, locals, and mobals The imperial legacy of language The fateful geography of religion The rough topography of human health Geography of jeopardy Places open and shut Same space, divergent destinies Power and the city Promise and peril in the provinces Lowering the barriers. Summary In 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 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.