Power of Place Ch. 1, part 1, QS


From the Preface


1. What is meant when some say the human world is “flat”?



2. Explain DeBlij’s hesitation to agree that the world has become flat.


3. How is globalization related to flattening?




From Chapter 1


4.  What does DeBlij mean by the global “core”? 


5. Do people who live in the core comprise the majority of humanity?


6. How does “place” remain important in the face of “flattening”?


7. Who are the locals and globals? Which group is more subject to place? Which group is growing more rapidly?


8. By 2100 Earth’s population is projected to be 10 billion. That’s an increase of 3 billion from today. Will most of those people be locals or globals?


9. Why does DeBlij state thatglobalization and mobility are synonymous”?


10. Who are mobals? What distinguishes them from locals?


11. Distinguish between transnational refugees and transnational mobals.


12. How do globals “control the fates of locals as well as mobals”?


13. Look at the “global core” on Figure 1.1. What does DeBlij mean by “core”? “Periphery”?


14. Compare the core and periphery’s populations and share of annual income.


15. Do mobals live in California?  Where do they send their remittances? To achieve what?


16. How did 9/11 affect the movement of mobals to the US?


17. What do the circled numbers represent on Figure 1.1? What processes occur at those points? Be certain that you know the names, locations and actors at each of those points.


18. Explain how South Africa’s former policy of apartheid can be found throughout the world presently.


19. Look at Figure 1.2. Why does DeBlij include it?  What point is he trying to make?