Today's rapidly flowing global economy, hit by recession following the financial crisis of 2008/9, means the geographical economic perspective has never been more important. An Introduction to Economic Geography comprehensively guides you through the core issues and debates of this vibrant and exciting area, whilst also exploring the range of approaches and paradigms currently invigorating the wider discipline. Rigorous and accessible, the authors demystify and enliven a crucial subject for geographical study.
Underpinned by the themes of globalisation, uneven development and place, the text explores the diversity and vitality of contemporary economic geography. It balances coverage of 'traditional' areas such as regional development and labour markets with insight into new and evolving topics like neoliberalism, consumption, creativity and alternative economic practices.
An Introduction to Economic Geography is an essential textbook for undergraduate students taking courses in Economic Geography, Globalisation Studies and more broadly in Human Geography. It will also be of key interest to anyone in Planning, Business and Management Studies and Economics.
"This is an excellent and comprehensive introduction to the diverse field of economic geography. It should be essential reading for students at all levels." - Andrew Jones, Professor of Economic Geography, Birkbeck College, University of London
"A stimulating and accessible introduction to a core area of the discipline. [It] conveys a clear sense of the diversity and vitality of contemporary economic geography." - Professor Neil Wrigley, University of Southampton and Editor, Journal of Economic Geography
"A thoughtful, stimulating, accessible introduction to the range of approaches used by economic geographers to understand and explain the patterns and processes of contemporary globablization and uneven development." - Professor Peter Daniels, University of Birmingham
Section 1: Foundations
Chapter One: Introducing Economic Geography
Chapter 2. Approaches to Economic Geography
Chapter 3. Shaping the Capitalist Economy: Key Actors and Processes
Chapter 4. Spaces of Production and Consumption
Section 2: Key Actors and Processes
Chapter 5. The State and the Economy
Chapter 6. The Changing Geography of the Multinational Corporation
Chapter 7: Changing Geographies of Work and Employment
Chapter 8. Geographies of Development
Section 3: Contemporary Issues in Economic Geography
Chapter 9 the Uneven Geographies of Finance
Chapter 10 Commodity Chains and Global Production Networks
Chapter 11. Knowledge, Creativity and Regional Development
Chapter 12. Alternative Economic Geographies
Chapter 13. Conclusion