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Economic Geography: A Critical Introduction

ISBN: 978-1-118-87432-5
336 pages
January 2018, Wiley-Blackwell
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This volume in the celebrated Critical Introductions to Geography series introduces readers to the vibrant discipline of economic geography. The authors provide an original definition of the discipline, and they make a strong case for its vital importance in understanding the dynamic interconnections, movements, and emerging trends shaping our globalized world.

Economic Geography addresses the key theories and methods that form the basis of the discipline, and describes its “communities of practice” and relations to related fields including economics and sociology. Numerous illustrative examples explore how economic geographers examine the world and how and why the discipline takes the forms it does, demonstrating the critical value of economic geography to making sense of globalization, uneven development, money and finance, urbanization, environmental change, and industrial and technological transformation.

Engaging and thought-provoking, Economic Geography: A Critical Introduction is the ideal resource for students studying across a range of subject areas, as well as the general reader with an interest in world affairs and economics. 

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Table of Contents


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1 Why economic geography is good for you

Part I: Thinking critically about economic geography

2 What is economic geography?

3 Inventing economic geography: Histories of a discipline

4 Economic Geography and its border country

5 Theory and theories in economic geography

6 Method and methodology in economic geography

7 Unboxing economic geography

Part II: Doing critical economic geography

8 Globalization and uneven development

9 Money and finance

10 Cities and urbanization

11 Nature and the environment

12 Industrial and technological change

13 Conclusion

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Author Information

Trevor J. Barnes is Professor of Geography and Distinguished University Scholar at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He is the author of more than a 150 journal articles and edited chapters, and the author or editor of a dozen books.

Brett Christophers is Professor of Geography at Uppsala University and the author of four previous books including The Great Leveler: Capitalism and Competition in the Court of Law (2016) and Banking Across Boundaries: Placing Finance in Capitalism (2013).

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