Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction

 
9780470607442: Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction

Economic Geography is a comprehensive introduction to this growing field, providing students with a vibrant and distinctive geographical insight into the economy. * Contrasts a distinctively geographical approach with popular conceptions and assumptions in economics and management studies * Debates a wide range of topics including economic discourses, uneven development, commodity chains, technology and agglomeration, the commodification of nature, states, transnational corporations, labour, consumption, economic cultures, gender, and ethnic economies * Is richly illustrated with examples, vignettes, and case studies drawn from a variety of sectors around the world * Is written in a clear, engaging and lively style * Includes a rich array of photos, figures, text boxes, sample essay questions and annotated lists of further reading

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Economic Geography is a comprehensive introduction to this growing field, providing students with a vibrant and distinctive geographical insight into the economy. It identifies patterns of economic activity across space, explores the role of economic scale, and sets out both contemporary approaches and classical theories. Each chapter investigates a single topic using a clearly defined economic-geographical perspective.Topics addressed include everything from uneven development, commodity chains, technology, and agglomeration, to the commodification of nature, states, transnational corporations, labour, consumption, economic cultures, gender, and ethnic economies. The text engages students with case studies from a variety of sectors around the world, and features sample essay questions, and an annotated list of further reading.

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Thoroughly Updated and Globally Relevant

Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction, 2nd Edition tackles major questions of economic life, from the activities of transnational corporations and states, to places of work and consumption. In accessible but sophisticated terms, this book invites students to explore how geographies (location, territory, place and scale) shape both large-scale economic processes and our lived experiences. Throughout this comprehensive text, the authors present contemporary insights from the field of Economic Geography, drawing on examples from across the globe. As students engage with this readable account of the field, they will come away with an understanding of how economic processes are rooted in social, cultural and political realities.

Highlights of the New Edition:

  • Extensive update of examples, data and arguments throughout
  • New chapter on Finance
  • Substantial new content on Technology, Retail, Clusters and Consumption
  • New concluding chapter on the changing contexts for Economic Geography

"Following its pioneering first edition, this updated second edition includes important new materials on consumption, financialization and innovation. With its global perspective, engaged language and effective use of diverse case studies, Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction remains the go-to textbook for helping students think geographically about the rapidly shifting global economy."
Eric Sheppard
Humboldt Professor, UCLA
President, Association of American Geographers

"Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction has become the textbook for the field. Its comprehensiveness, lucidity, incisiveness and relevance are unrivalled."
Trevor Barnes
Professor and Distinguished University Scholar, University of British Columbia

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