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Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introductionby Neil M. Coe
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Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction, 2nd Edition tackles major questions of economic life, from the activities of transnational corporations and states, to places of work and consumption. In accessible but sophisticated terms, this book invites students to explore how geographies (location, territory, place and scale) shape both large-scale economic processes and our lived experiences. Throughout this comprehensive text, the authors present contemporary insights from the field of Economic Geography, drawing on examples from across the globe. As students engage with this readable account of the field, they will come away with an understanding of how economic processes are rooted in social, cultural and political realitiesHighlights of the New Edition:
"Following its pioneering first edition, this updated second edition includes important new materials on consumption, financialization and innovation. With its global perspective, engaged language and effective use of diverse case studies, Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction remains the go-to textbook for helping students think geographically about the rapidly shifting global economy.”—Eric Sheppard Humboldt Professor, UCLA President, Association of American Geographers
“Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction has become the textbook for the field. Its comprehensiveness, lucidity, incisiveness and relevance are unrivalled.”—Trevor Barnes Professor and Distinguished University Scholar, University of British Columbia
This book offers information and resources for users, including several new and enhanced chapters and images. It explores the ways in which economic relationships across space are established and maintained and the blurred line between economic processes and the social and cultural contexts in which they are embedded. The authors look at the role of social interaction in forming economic clusters, the role of gender and ethnicity in shaping economic processes, and finally the ways in which consumption processes are implicated in the identities of places and people.
The 2nd edition of Coe's Economic Geography is modified to provide a more information and resources for users including several new and enhanced chapters and images.
For example, a Conceptual Foundations section introduces the basic building blocks of geographical analysis and understanding of the economy. These are also brought together in a geographical understanding of the dynamics of the capitalist system. Making the Spatial Economy introduces the inputs and actors, besides capitalists, who make the system work: the state, nature, labour and finance capital.
Furthermore, Organizing Economic Space explores the ways in which economic relationships across space are established and maintained. The commodity chain provides the overall framework, but we then examine the role of space-shrinking technologies, the organization strategies of the transnational corporation, and finally the processes of selling economic goods and services. And lastly, People, Identities and Economic Life explores the blurred line between economic processes and the social and cultural contexts in which they are embedded. These chapters explore the role of social interaction in forming economic clusters, the role of gender and ethnicity in shaping economic processes, and finally the ways in which consumption processes are implicated in the identities of places and people.
About the Author
Neil M. Coe is Professor of Economic Geography at the National University of Singapore.
Philip F. Kelly is Professor of Geography at York University, Canada.
Henry W.C. Yeung is Professor of Economic Geography at the National University of Singapore.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: CONCEPTUAL FOUNDATIONS
1. Thinking geographically
2. The economy: what does it mean?
3. Capitalism in motion: why is economic growth so uneven?
PART TWO: MAKING THE (SPATIAL) ECONOMY
4. The state: who runs the economy?
5. Environment/economy: can nature be a commodity?
6. Labour power: can workers shape economic geographies?
7. Making money: why has finance become so powerful?
PART THREE: ORGANIZING ECONOMIC SPACE
8. Commodity chains: where does your breakfast come from?
9. Technological change: is the world getting smaller?
10. The transnational corporation: how does the global firm keep it all together?
11. Spaces of sale: how and where do we shop?
PART FOUR: PEOPLE, IDENTITIES, AND ECONOMIC LIFE
12. Clusters: why do proximity and place matter?
13. Gendered economies: does gender shape economic lives?
14. Ethnic economies: do cultures have economies?
15. Consumption: you are what you buy?
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