Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction / Edition 1

Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction / Edition 1

by Neil Coe, Philip Kelly, Henry W. C. Yeung
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1405132159

ISBN-13: 9781405132152

Pub. Date: 07/03/2007

Publisher: Wiley

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405132152
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/03/2007
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures.

List of Tables.

List of Boxes.

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

Part I: Conceptual Foundations:.

1. A Geographical Approach to the Economy.

Introduction.

Poverty and Economics: Explaining What Went Wrong.

Geographical Perspectives on the Economy.

A World of Difference: From Masochi to Manhattan.

Overview of the Book.

2. Economic Discourse: Does ‘the Economy’ Really Exist?.

Introduction.

The Taken-for-granted Economy.

A Brief History of ‘the Economy’.

Expanding the Economy beyond the Economic.

Representing Economic Processes.

Summary.

Part II: Dynamics of Economic Space:.

3. Uneven Development: Why is Economic Growth and Development so Uneven?.

Introduction.

Uneven Development – Naturally!.

Marxian Approaches: Conceptualizing Value and Structure.

The Fundamentals of Capitalism.

The Contradictions of Capitalism.

Placing and Scaling Capitalism.

Putting People in the System.

Going beyond Capitalism.

Summary.

4. Commodity Chains: Where Does Your Breakfast Come From?.

Introduction.

Capitalism, Commodities and Consumers.

Linking Producers and Consumers: The Commodity Chain Approach.

Re-regulating Commodity Chains: The World of Standards.

The Limits to Ethical Intervention?.

Summary.

5. Technology and Agglomeration: Does Technology Eradicate Distance?.

Introduction.

The Rise of ‘Placeless’ Production?.

Understanding Technological Changes and Their Geographical Impacts.

Proximity Matters: Traded and Untraded Interdependencies within Clusters.

Neither Here Nor There: Thinking Relationally.

Summary.

6. Environment/Economy: Can Nature Be a Commodity?.

Introduction.

How Is Nature Counted in Economic Thought?.

Incorporating Nature, Commodification, Ownership and Marketization.

Valuing Nature: The Commodification of Environmental Degradation.

Bringing Nature to Life.

Summary.

Part III: Actors in Economic Space:.

7. The State: Who Controls the Economy: Firms or Governments?.

Introduction.

The ‘Globalization Excuse’ and the End of the Nation-state?.

Functions of the State (in Relation to the Economy): Long Live the State!.

Types of States Today.

Reconfiguring the State.

Beyond the State?.

Summary.

8. The Transnational Corporation: How Does the Global Firm Keep It All Together?.

Introduction.

The Myth of Being Everywhere, Effortlessly.

Revisiting Chains and Networks: The Basic Building Blocks of TNCs.

Organizing Transnational Economic Activities 1: Intra-firm Relationships.

Organizing Transnational Economic Activities 2: Inter-firm Relationships.

The Limits to Global Reach?.

Summary.

9. Labour Power: Can Workers Shape Economic Geographies?.

Introduction.

Global Capital, Local Labour?.

Geographies of Labour: Working under Pressure.

Labour Geographies: Workers as an Agent of Change.

Beyond Capital versus Labour: Towards Alternative Ways of Working?.

Summary.

10. Consumption: Is the Customer Always Right?.

Introduction.

The Consumption Process.

The Changing Geographies of Retailing.

The Changing Spaces of Consumption.

Consumption, Place and Identity.

Summary.

Part IV: Socializing Economic Life:.

11. Culture and the Firm: Do Countries and Companies Have Economic Cultures?.

Introduction.

Firms Are the Same Everywhere, or Are They?.

Fragmenting the Firm: Corporate Cultures and Discourses.

National Business Systems.

Regional Cultures.

Multiple Cultures, Multiple Scales.

Summary.

12. Gendered Economic Geographies: Does Gender Shape Economic Lives?.

Introduction.

Seeing Gender in the Economy.

From Private to Public Space: Women Entering the Workforce.

Gendering Jobs and Workplaces.

Home, Work and Space in the Labour Market.

Towards a Feminist Economic Geography?.

Summary.

13. Ethnic Economies: Do Cultures Have Economies?.

Introduction.

‘Colour-blind’ Economics.

Ethnic Sorting in the Workforce.

Ethnic Businesses and Clusters.

The Economic Geographies of Transnationalism.

The Limits to Ethnicity.

Summary.

Index

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