Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction / Edition 2

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction brings teaching and learning in economic geography into the twenty-first century. Nothing like it has been written before. The text uses the whole world for its illustrations, and its open-minded theoretical sensibility resonates perfectly with the discipline. Economic geography has a text appropriate for the world in which we now live."
Trevor Barnes, University of British Columbia

"At long last, a new, innovative, thought-provoking, introductory economic geography text – one that combines current theoretical insights with an impressive array of issue-based empirical examples drawn from across the world. Challenging and stimulating – Coe, Kelly, and Yeung have set a new standard."
Peter Dicken, University of Manchester

"An exciting, comprehensive and accessible introductory text to economic geography which will excite, engage and capture the imagination of students."
Journal of Economic Geography

“At last, an accessible, engaging, well-written, student-friendly economic geography textbook. The real beauty … is the quality and clarity of the writing.” Times Higher Education

"Covering the variety and complexity of the multiple themes and sub-themes that constitute the undergraduate field of economic geography to a functional level, requires a very meticulous, succinct and well-versed narrative - something which this book achieves with a great deal of verve... Any lecturers looking to revamp their core book choice for any economic geography module, to a book that can engage students and force them to think critically and spatially about the economic world around them, would be hard pushed to find a better contribution than this."
Economic Geography Research Group

“A very strong overview of the contemporary economic debates … keeps the interest levels high.”
Oli Mould

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470943380
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/4/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 283,298
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil M. Coe is Professor of Economic Geography at the National University of Singapore.

Philip F. Kelly is Professor of Geography at York University, Canada.

Henry W.C. Yeung is Professor of Economic Geography at the National University of Singapore.

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Table of Contents


1. Thinking geographically

2. The economy: what does it mean?

3. Capitalism in motion: why is economic growth so uneven?


4. The state: who runs the economy?

5. Environment/economy: can nature be a commodity?

6. Labour power: can workers shape economic geographies?

7. Making money: why has finance become so powerful?


8. Commodity chains: where does your breakfast come from?

9. Technological change: is the world getting smaller?

10. The transnational corporation: how does the global firm keep it all together?

11. Spaces of sale: how and where do we shop?


12. Clusters: why do proximity and place matter?

13. Gendered economies: does gender shape economic lives?

14. Ethnic economies: do cultures have economies?

15. Consumption: you are what you buy?


16. Economic Geography: Intellectual Journeys and Future Horizons

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