The Geography of the World Economy 5th Edition / Edition 5

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The Geography of the World Economy provides an in-depth and stimulating introduction to the 'globalization' of the world economy. The book offers a consideration of local, regional, national and global economic development over the long historical term. The theory and practice of economic and political geography provide a basis for understanding the interactions within and among the developed and developing countries of the world. Illustrated in colour throughout, this new edition has been completely reworked and updated to take account of the substantial changes in the world economy, and includes a new chapter on services. It is ideal for upper level university undergraduates and for post-graduates in a variety of specializations including geography, economics, political science, international relations and global studies.

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Provides an introduction to the theory and practice of economic geography, considering local, regional, and global economic development over the long historical term and giving emphasis to the globalization of the world economy and its interactions with both developed and developing countries. Includes chapter summaries and section introductions. This third edition takes into account changes in the world economy since 1994, and contains new material on commodity chains, women, tourism, sustainable development, the global office, and the informational economy. Co-published by Wiley. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340948354
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/13/2008
  • Series: A Hodder Arnold Publication Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Knox is University Distinguished Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning, and Senior Fellow for International Advancement at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA
John Agnew is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA Linda McCarthy is an Associate Professor of Geography and a member of the Urban Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA, and a certified planner.

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Table of Contents

1. The changing world economy
1.1 Studying economic geography
1.2 Economic organization and spatial change
1.3 Spatial divisions of labour
1.4 Key sources and suggested reading
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2 Global patterns and trends
2.1 What ‘economic development' means
2.2 International patterns of resources and population
2.3 International patterns of industry and finance
2.4 Interpretations of international inequality
Key sources and suggested reading
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3 Geographical dynamics of the world economy
3.1 History of the world economy
3.2 States and the world economy
3.3 ‘Market access' and the regional motors of the new world economy
Key sources and suggested reading
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4 Pre-industrial foundations
4.1 Beginnings
4.2 Emerging imperatives of economic organization
4.3 Emergence of the European world'system
Key sources and suggested reading
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5 Evolution of the industrial core regions
5.1 The Industrial Revolution and spatial change
5.2 Machinofacture and the spread of industrialization in Europe
5.3 Fordism and North American industrialization
5.4 Japanese industrialization: two economic miracles
5.5 Emergence of ‘organized' capitalism
5.6 Principles of economic geography: lessons from the industrial era
Key sources and suggested reading
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6 Globalization of production systems
6.1 Transition to advanced capitalism
6.2 Patterns and processes of globalization
Key sources and suggested reading
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7 Spatial reorganization of the core economies
7.1 A new context for urban and regional change
7.2 Spatial reorganization of the core economies
7.3 Consolidation and agglomeration
7.4 Old industrial spaces
7.5 New industrial spaces
7.6 Regional inequality in core economies
Key sources and suggested reading
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8 Dynamics of interdependence: transformation of the periphery
8.1 Colonial economies and transformation of global space
8.2 Economic mechanisms of enmeshment and maintenance in the colonial world economy
8.3 Influence of colonial administration on interdependence
8.4 Mechanisms of cultural integration
8.5 Changing global context of interdependence
8.6 Alternative models of development?
Key sources and suggested reading
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9 Agriculture: the primary concern?
9.1 Agriculture in the periphery
9.2 Land, labour and capital
9.3 Rural land reform
9.4 Capitalization of agriculture
9.5 Science and technology in agriculture
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10 Industrialization: the path to progress?
10.1 National and global stimuli to industrialization
10.2 Limits to industrialization in the periphery
10.3 Geography of industrialization in the periphery
10.4 Rise and fall of the Soviet model of industrialization

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