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Logics of Dislocation: Models, Metaphors, and Meanings of Economic Space (Mappings)
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This text presents a systematic application of postmodernism to economic geography. It integrates a review of economic geography with innovative work from philosophy and social science, clarifying ideas and demonstrations relevant to their field. The work draws together a number of poststructuralist writers, including Jacques Derrida and Richard Rorty, with such influential economists as Donald McCloskey and Stephen Resnick.
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A comprehensive text designed to help students think objectively and creatively about public issues and the policy choices and actions required to deal with the problems of American public affairs. Focusing on middle-range problem solving, the authors discuss the background, choices, and action options confronting decision makers in such areas as economic stabilization, international trade, poverty and welfare, health, environment, transportation, education, public safety, agriculture, foreign policy and national security, and the design and management of government.
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LOGICS OF DISLOCATION is the first volume to systematically apply a postmodern sensibility to economic geography. In clear, jargon-free prose, author Trevor J. Barnes integrates a comprehensive review of economic geography's recent past with innovative work in economics, philosophy, and the sociology of science, clarifying key poststructuralist ideas and demonstrating their relevance to the field. In its critique of the rationalism and essentialism that characterizes prevailing models in the field, and its exploration of alternative conceptualizations, this book offers both a novel reconstruction of economic geography's past and a basis for a reconceived future.
Forward-thinking economists and geographers increasingly recognize the value of poststructural approaches to their respective disciplines. Systematically applying a postmodern sensibility to economic geography, Trevor J. Barnes integrates a comprehensive review of economic geography's recent past with innovative work in philosophy and the sociology of science. In so doing, he clarifies key poststructuralist ideas and demonstrates their relevance to the field. The volume draws upon the work of a number of poststructuralist writers, including Derrida and Rorty, as well as that of influential economists such as McCloskey, Mirowski, Resnick, and Wolff, and is enriched by the author's use of case studies linking together historical context, biography, and theory. In its critique of the rationalism and essentialism that characterize prevailing models, and its exploration of alternative conceptualizations, Logics of Dislocation offers both a novel reconstruction of economic geography's past and a basis for a reconceived future.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 253-284) and index.
About the Author
Trevor J. Barnes, Ph.D., grew up in Cornwall and attended University College, London, completing a joint degree in economics and geography in 1978. He continued his studies at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. In 1983, he moved to the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, where he is currently Professor of Geography.
Table of Contents
I. Somewhere between Explanation and the Condition of Postmodernity
1. Toward a "Post"-prefixed Economic Geography
II. Essentialism and Rationalism in Economic Geography
2. Place, Space, and Theories of Economic Value: Context and Essentialism in Economic Geography
3. Rationality and Relativism: An Interpretive Review of the Rational Choice Postulate in Economic Geography
III. Mathematical Models, Metaphors, and Muddles
4. Encountering Edinburgh: Economic Geography and the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge
5. Metaphors and Conversations in Economic Geography: Richard Rorty and the Gravity Model
6. Probable Writing: Derrida, Deconstruction, and the Quantitative Revolution in Economic Geography
IV. Three Exemplars
7. The Mask of Janus: Looking toward Formalism and Contextualism with Piero Sraffa
8. Harold A. Innis: Local Hero
9. Lukermann on Location
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