Power of Place Ch. 1, part 2, QS


1. What continents are included in the “World Island”?  Note how most of humanity has lived in that region for the past thousand years.



2. How did the emergence of national boundaries during the past 500 years make some populations more vulnerable to challenges such as environmental change?


3. What three phases of “modern humanity’s geographic dispersal” does Figure 1.2 show?


4. How does the 5th stage of the Demographic Transition suggest that world population will level off?  What stage is the US in?


5. How are migrations of mobals a response to the 4th and 5th stage of the Demographic Transition?


6. What percentage of humans migrated between 1990 and 2005?  Does this amount surprise you? “Locals far outnumber mobals.”



7. What is the difference between a transnational and an intercultural migrant?



8. What is the great migration that is occurring in China and throughout non-industrialized countries?


9. What is one strategy that DeBlij mentions that might reduce Mexican migration to the US?



10. How is the US population different from most other members of the “global core”?



11. How does Mexico benefit from its mobals?


12. How might workers in the global core benefit from the presence of mobals?


13. Considering the jobs available vs. job seekers in the global periphery and Europe’s demographics, why does it make sense for a citizen from a poor country to become a mobal in Germany?


14. How does the ratio of the jobs available vs. job seekers in the global periphery relate to instability and extremism?


15. Who drew much of the world’s political boundaries?  How are they a problem?


16. How might a global and a local’s view of a political boundary differ?


17. “Whatever the circumstances, the great majority of our planet’s human passengers live their lives in the natural and cultural environs into which they were born.”