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Overview

This reader introduces students to examples of the most important research in the field of economic geography.

  • Brings together the most important research contributions to economic geography.
  • Editorial commentary makes the material accessible for students.
  • The editors are highly respected in their field.
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Editorial Reviews

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"...represents some of the most important milestones in the development of contemporary economic geography....an essential reference point for beginners and specialists alike." Gordon L. Clark, University of Oxford

"Brings to life the vibrancy, excitement and passion of economic geography. Crisp and provocative introductions divide the reader into five thematic sections, and the selections themselves will spark debate in the classroom. This will be required reading in any serious undergraduate geography program and a coveted resource for students at any level." Altha Cravey, University of North Carolina

"This is a wonderful showcase of the depth and breadth of the vibrant and unruly field that is economic geography. Although nominally an accompaniment to A Companion to Economic Geography, this book more than stands on its own merits as a critical journey through some of the most important moments and impulses of economic geography thinking." Andrew Leyshon, University of Nottingham

"...manages to combine a strong sense of the intellectual diversity of contemporary economic geography with an awareness of the key questions whic define the scope of the discipline." Keith Chapman, University of Aberdeen

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631235538
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/17/2003
  • Series: Wiley Blackwell Readers in Geography Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 479
  • Product dimensions: 7.01 (w) x 9.76 (h) x 1.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Trevor J. Barnes is Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia. His previous publications include A Companion to Economic Geography (co-edited with Eric Sheppard, Blackwell Publishing, 2001).

Jamie Peck is Professor of Geography and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of Work-place (Guilford, 1996) and Workfare States (Guilford, 2001) and co-editor (with Henry Yeung) of Remaking the Global Economy: economic-geographical perspectives (Sage, 2003)

Eric Sheppard is Professor of Geography at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of The Capitalist Space Economy and A World of Difference and the co-editor with Trevor Barnes of A Companion to Economic Geography (Blackwell Publishing, 2001) and with Robert McMaster of Scale and Geographic Inquiry (Blackwell Publishing, 2003).Adam Tickell is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Bristol. He is editor of Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers and review editor of the Journal of Economic Geography.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Reading Economic Geography 1
Pt. I Worlds of Economic Geography 11
Introduction: Paradigms Lost 13
1 The Difference a Generation Makes 19
2 Industry and Space: A Sympathetic Critique of Radical Research 29
3 An Institutionalist Perspective on Regional Economic Development 48
4 Refiguring the Economic in Economic Geography 59
5 The Economy, Stupid! Industrial Policy Discourse and the Body Economic 72
Pt. II Realms of Production 89
Introduction: Problematizing Production 91
6 Is There a Service Economy? The Changing Capitalist Division of Labor 97
7 Uneven Development: Social Change and Spatial Divisions of Labor 111
8 Flexible Production Systems and Regional Development: The Rise of New Industrial Spaces in North America and Western Europe 125
9 Global-Local Tensions: Firms and States in the Global Space-Economy 137
10 The Politics of Relocation: Gender, Nationality, and Value in a Mexican Maquiladora 151
Pt. III Resource Worlds 167
Introduction: Producing Nature 169
11 Nature, Economy, and the Cultural Politics of Theory: The "War Against the Seals" in the Bering Sea, 1870-1911 175
12 Modernity and Hybridity: Nature, Regeneracionismo, and the Production of the Spanish Waterscape, 1890-1930 189
13 Oil as Money: The Devil's Excrement and the Spectacle of Black Gold 205
14 Converting the Wetlands, Engendering the Environment: The Intersection of Gender with Agrarian Change in The Gambia 220
15 Nourishing Networks: Alternative Geographies of Food 235
Pt. IV Social Worlds 249
Introduction: Bringing in the Social 251
16 Bringing the Qualitative State back into Economic Geography 257
17 Territories, Flows, and Hierarchies in the Global Economy 271
18 Contesting Works Closures in Western Europe's Old Industrial Regions: Defending Place or Betraying Class? 290
19 Class and Gender Relations in the Local Labor Market and the Local State 304
20 Thinking through Work: Gender, Power, and Space 315
Pt. V Spaces of Circulation 329
Introduction: From Distance to Connectivity 331
21 The End of Geography or the Explosion of Place? Conceptualizing Space, Place, and Information Technology 336
22 Best Practice? Geography, Learning, and the Institutional Limits to Strong Convergence 350
23 Blood, Thicker than Water: Interpersonal Relations and Taiwanese Investment in Southern China 362
24 From Registered Nurse to Registered Nanny: Discursive Geographies of Filipina Domestic Workers in Vancouver, BC 375
25 Discourse and Practice in Human Geography 389
Consolidated bibliography 403
Index 439
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