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A Companion to Economic Geography

ISBN: 978-0-470-69272-1
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to Economic Geography presents students of human geography with an essential collection of original essays providing a key to understanding this important subdiscipline. The contributions are written by prominent international scholars offering a wide-ranging overview of the field.

  • Places economic geography in the wider context of geography.
  • Contributions from leading international scholars in the field.
  • Presents a comprehensive, up-to-date and accessible overview of all the major themes in the field.
  • Explores key debates, controversies and questions using a variety of historical and theoretical vantage points.
  • Charts the important work that has been done in recent years and looks forward to new developments in the global economy.
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Contributors.

Figures and Tables.

Acknowledgments.

1. Introduction: The Art of Economic Geography: Trevor J. Barnes and Eric Sheppard.

Part I: Worlds of Economic Geography:.

2. Inventing Anglo-American Economic Geography, 1889-1960: Trevor J. Barnes.

3. The Modeling Tradition: Paul S. Plummer.

4. The Marxian Alternative: Historical-Geographical Materialism and the Political Economy of Capitalism: Erik Swyngedouw.

5. Feminism and Economic Geography: Gendering Work and Working Gender: Ann M. Oberhauser.

6. Institutional Approaches in Economic Geography: Ron Martin.

7. Poststructural interventions: J. K. Gibson-Graham.

Part II: Realms of Production:.

8. The Geography of Production: Richard A. Walker.

9. Places of work: Jamie Peck.

10. Industrial Districts: Ash Amin.

11. Competition in Space and between Places: Eric Sheppard.

12. Urban and Regional Growth: Peter Sunley.

13. Geography and Technological Change: David L. Rigby.

Part III: Resource Worlds:.

14. Resources: Dean M. Hanink.

15. Agriculture: Brian Page.

16. Political Ecology: Michael Watts.

17. The Production of Nature: Noel Castree.

18. Single Industry Resource Towns: Roger Hayter.

Part IV: Social Worlds:.

19. Family, work and consumption: mapping the borderlands of economic geography: Nicky Gregson.

20. Concepts of class in contemporary economic geography: David Sadler.

21. Labor Unions and Economic Geography: Andrew Herod.

22. State and Governance: Joe Painter.

23. Creating the Corporate World: Strategy and Culture, Time and Space: Erica Schoenberger.

24. Networks of Ethnicity: Katharyne Mitchell.

Part V: Spaces of Circulation:.

25. The Economic Geography of Global Trade: Richard Grant.

26. Money and Finance: Andrew Leyshon.

27. The Political Economy of International Labor Migration: Helga Leitner.

28. Transportation: Hooked on Speed, Eyeing Sustainability: Susan Hanson.

29. Telecommunications and Economic Space: Barney Warf.

30. International Political Economy: Michael Webber.

Index.

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Eric Sheppard is Professor of Geography at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of the Capitalist Space Economy (with Trevor Barnes), A World of Difference (with Philip Porter), and editor of Scale and Geographic Inquiry (with Robert McMaster), as well as the author of numerous articles on regional political economy.

Trevor J. Barnes is Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia. He is the author or editor of six previous books including Logics of Dislocation, and most recently The New Industrial Geography (with Meric Gertler). His current research is around the history of geography's quantitative revolution.

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  • Places economic geography in the wider context of geography.
  • Contributions from leading international scholars in the field.
  • Presents a comprehensive, up-to-date and accessible overview of all the major themes in the field.
  • Explores key debates, controversies and questions using a variety of historical and theoretical vantage points.
  • Charts the important work that has been done in recent years and looks forward to new developments in the global economy.
See More
"This is an instant classic, a landmark that scholars and graduate students will return to for decades to come. Physically and bibliographically, this presentation is state of the art. A "must" addition to all social science collections worldwide." P.O. Muller, University of Miami <!--end-->



"The Companion, then, is intended to provide a state of the art review of the ideas, concepts, and theories that are current in economic geography... This is a uniformly high quality collection that I wholeheartedly recommend to interested undergraduates, postgraduates, and researchers alike, whether they term themselves 'economic geographers' or not. The chapters work well as stand alone resources, and equally, the structure of the book into five separate but interlinked 'realms' provides a good overall coherence." Environment and Planning A.

"The Companion adopts a rather conventional organization of subsequent chapters that will fit with many course syllabi, moving from "Realms of Production" through "Resource Worlds" and "Social Worlds" to "Spaces of Circulation"." Peter O. Muller, Annals of the Association of American Geographers

"This is an impressive and very welcome volume. The editors and authors have done a great job and the rest of us should be grateful for the fact that this rich collection of papers is accessible" Environment and Planning D.

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

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