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Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction



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Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction

Neil Coe, Philip Kelly, Henry W. C. Yeung

ISBN: 978-1-119-38958-3 November 2019 Wiley-Blackwell 528 Pages

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A revised and updated edition of the leading introductory text on the geography of economic life, from the local to the global

Economic Geography is an engaging and accessible introduction to the different ways modern economic geographers understand, analyze, and interpret economic processes. This comprehensive text addresses significant questions relevant to contemporary economic life, from the activities of transnational corporations to issues surrounding workplaces and consumption. It encourages readers to explore how spatial patterns, places, networks, and territories shape large-scale economic processes. Accessible, highly-illustrated material presents fresh insights from the field—complemented by relatable, real-world examples that help students understand the social, cultural, and political contexts underpinning global economic processes.

Now in its third edition, this extensively revised and updated textbook retains the features and thematic structure that have proved popular with students and instructors alike, while adding exciting new content. New chapters explore how the global economy and global development are institutionalized and governed, the economic geographies of global climate change, economic practices outside the capitalist mainstream, the role of migrants in labour markets, global production networks, and more. 

  • Introduces economic geography with a thematic approach including major concepts, current debates, and case studies
  • Revised and updated to enhance international coverage, including three entirely new chapters on international development, alternative economies, and global climate change
  • Substantial new content on labour migration, global production networks, and recent intellectual trends such as evolutionary economic geography
  • Highly illustrated with diagrams and photographs closely integrated into the text
  • Pedagogical aids including key case studies, learning objectives, text boxes, chapter essay questions, summaries, and further reading
  • Core geographical concepts – such as place, networks and territory – are closely integrated into all chapters.

Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction is an invaluable source of up-to-date knowledge for students new to the field, for those requiring a solid foundation, as well as for a broader academic and public readership with interest in this area of study.

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Part I: Conceptual Foundations

1. Geography: How do we think spatially?

2. The Economy: What Does it Mean?

3. Dynamics of Capitalism: Why is Economic Growth so Uneven?

4. Networks: How is the World Economy Interconnected?

Part II: Key Economic Actors

5. Transnational corporations: how do they keep it all together?

6. Labour: Are Migrant Workers the New Normal?

7. Consumers – Who Decides What We Buy?

8. Finance: How has Capital Become so Powerful?

Part III: Governing the Economy

9. States: Who runs the Economy?

10. International Institutions: How do they govern and foster global development?

11. Environment: Does Global Climate Change Change Everything?

Part IV: Social and Cultural Dimensions

12. Clusters: Why does Proximity Matter?

13. Identities: Are Economies Gendered and Racialized?

14. Alternatives: Can We Create Diverse Economies?

Part V: Conclusion

15. Economic Geography: Intellectual Journeys and Future Horizons


“This will be an exciting new edition and conceptually right up to date. It will weave together new thinking with essential knowledge of the field in a highly successful way. Students will find the structuring of the chapters around major topics attractive. Economic geography has been undergoing an intellectual transformation as it moves to incorporate new approaches and what is proposed here is very much in line with that. It will be highly suitable as a required text.”

Nancy Ettlinger, Ohio State University


“I like the changes proposed for the latest edition. This text blends together a culturally aware analysis of economic geography with a clear sense of what the discipline is about and the international range of case studies is impressive. I have no doubts about the quality of this author team. Individually they are scholars and writers of distinction. Collectively they complement each other and work together extremely well.”

Adam Tickell, University of Sussex