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Harm de Blij’s publication, The Power of Place reveals a side of the world that is not realized by many today. Blij does this by displaying the world in two different categories: the core countries and periphery countries. According to Blij being born in a core country or a periphery, the country can have a large impact on whether you are a Global, Local, or Mobal. Blij presents to the audience that where you come from will most likely be the determining factor into who you are supposed to become on Earth. Blij does this by using facts, showing accurate graphs, and getting a logical appeal from the audience that is reading.    The planet Earth has three different categories of people according to Harm de Blij, “locals, globals, and mobals.” Each of these different groups of people affects our world in a different way. First, we have the mobals who are the migraters and risk takers that will move anywhere in search for a better life for themselves and their family. The mobals usually transfer themselves from the periphery countries to the core countries. You can use migrants as a great example of how mobals will make extra efforts to go and make a better life and take that risk in a new country. As Harm de Blij says, ” Mobals are the risk-takers, migrants willing to leave their families, to take a chance on new and different surroundings, their actions ranging from legal migration to undocumented border crossing”(Blij 6). I agree with what Blij is saying, I have seen mobals first hand working in our nation looking to better themselves for their families. These mobals are work workers and won’t go down easily. Without them, the house that I live in today may not be here. An example of mobals moving from their periphery countries to a core country is when ” 150,000 immigrants from Hong Kong, Vietnam, China, and the Philippines moved to Australia in the 1990’s”(Blij 25).    Secondly, we have the globals who are the wealthier citizens and people that live in the core countries. Globals also have a grand power in which they can spread their ideas across a vast platform since they are wealthy and rich. Globals develop the mindset which is for them to conquer, take over, and make themselves rich. Harm de Blij had globals in his life when he moved to South Africa. The globals in South Africa in the 50’s segregated their people between the whites and blacks. They did this to “serve their economic, cultural, and strategic purposes”(Blij 11). The African Americans were considered the locals of South Africa because they have lived there through generations. They had to put up with and tolerate the globals work that was being done to them. Globals can have a strong influence on the people that they are around, they can convert many locals into mobals and globals. In my opinion, Globals are a good thing for any country to have. Globals can come in and make an economy start to blossom and bring in more wealth, which is always a positive outcome.    Lastly, we need to discuss the locals. Locals are the people that are born, raised, lived, and died all around the same general area. The local people tend to have the same job and keep up with traditions that lasted about 100’s of years ago. The outside world to these people may seem a little bit tougher to them because they don’t have some of the skills that are necessary in order to communicate with anyone else. Blij says that “The periphery represents 85 percent of the planet’s population” (Blij 13). I bring up this statistic because most of the periphery countries are third world nations which consist of many locals. Before reading this book I didn’t know that only 15 percent of the population is in the global core. I am one of the 15 percent in that global core. Reading this book opened up to me how big this world really is and it is not as “flat” as would seem it out to be. Blij says that “The future of our planet, thus, will depend on the ways relationships between globals and locals evolve”(Blij 7). I agree with Blij in what he is stating. Globals set the boundaries and rules for everyone that is below them so in doing that it does control and set the balance in the world.    All in all, The Power of Place is a compelling piece of literature providing us insight on how different people shape our world. Blij makes excellent points on what these people due to our world and the impacts and marks that they make. After reading this book my opinion on how I feel about people living in periphery countries changes. I now understand they do what they do so that they can provide for their families and give them the best chance at life. Reading this book has helped my knowledge of the world that is really out there, therefore making the world much less “flatter”.

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