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

From the Publisher
"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: 270,594
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil M. Coe is Senior Lecturer in Economic Geography at the University of Manchester.

Philip F. Kelly is Associate 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

List of Figures.

List of Tables.

List of Boxes.



Part I: Conceptual Foundations:.

1. A Geographical Approach to the Economy.


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?.


The Taken-for-granted Economy.

A Brief History of ‘the Economy’.

Expanding the Economy beyond the Economic.

Representing Economic Processes.


Part II: Dynamics of Economic Space:.

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


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.


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


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?.


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


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.


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


How Is Nature Counted in Economic Thought?.

Incorporating Nature, Commodification, Ownership and Marketization.

Valuing Nature: The Commodification of Environmental Degradation.

Bringing Nature to Life.


Part III: Actors in Economic Space:.

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


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?.


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


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?.


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


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?.


10. Consumption: Is the Customer Always Right?.


The Consumption Process.

The Changing Geographies of Retailing.

The Changing Spaces of Consumption.

Consumption, Place and Identity.


Part IV: Socializing Economic Life:.

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


Firms Are the Same Everywhere, or Are They?.

Fragmenting the Firm: Corporate Cultures and Discourses.

National Business Systems.

Regional Cultures.

Multiple Cultures, Multiple Scales.


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


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?.


13. Ethnic Economies: Do Cultures Have Economies?.


‘Colour-blind’ Economics.

Ethnic Sorting in the Workforce.

Ethnic Businesses and Clusters.

The Economic Geographies of Transnationalism.

The Limits to Ethnicity.



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