An Introduction to Economic Geography

An Introduction to Economic Geography : Globalization, Uneven Development and Place

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Introduction to Economic Geography guides students through the core issues and debates of economic geography, whilst still exploring the wide range of approaches and paradigms that are currently enlivening the discipline. Rigorous, yet accessible, it manages to demystify a traditionally intimidating subject yet still provides the depth of knowledge needed for an undergraduate course. Focusing on the themes of globalisation, uneven development and place, the authors convey the diversity and vitality of contemporary economic geography, balancing coverage of  traditional areas such as regional development and labour markets with insight into new and evolving topics like neoliberalism, consumption, information and communications technologies and tourist geographies.show more

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  • Paperback | 376 pages
  • 188 x 242 x 22mm | 739.37g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 0131293168
  • 9780131293168
  • 757,863

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Today's rapidly flowing global economy means the "geographical "economic perspective has never been more important. "An Introduction to Economic Geography" comprehensively guides students through the core issues and debates of this vibrant and exciting area, whilst simultaneously exploring the range of approaches and paradigms currently invigorating the wider discipline. Rigorous in approach, yet accessible in style, the authors demystify and enliven a crucial subject for study in the 21st century. Underpinned by the themes of globalisation, uneven development and place, the text conveys the diversity and vitality of contemporary economic geography. It balances coverage of "traditional" areas such as regional development and labour markets with insight into new and evolving topics like neoliberalism, consumption, information and communications technologies and tourist geographies. Main features A global and balanced view is afforded through research, case studies and examples drawn from a diverse range of countries, a chapter on the "global South" and coverage throughout of both developed and developing countries A political economy approach is supported by cultural and institutional insights that offer students a variety of perspectives on each topic and a culturally sensitive overview In-textfeatures, including "chapter maps, reflective questions" and"exercises, "encourage the reader to engage with the material, test knowledge and understanding, and reflect. Dedicated boxes provide a range of lively and topical case studies and examples to illustrate wider points. A wide range of maps, tables and photographs illustrate and help clarify the key concepts and examples "An Introduction to Economic Geography" is an essential textbook for undergraduate students taking courses in Economic Geography, Globalisation Studies and more broadly in Human Geography. It will also be of key interest to those in Planning, Business and Management Studies and Economics. Dr Danny MacKinnon is lecturer in the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Aberdeen Dr Andrew Cumbers is senior lecturer in the Department of Geographical and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow ""This is an excellent and comprehensive introduction to the diverse field of economic geography. It should be essential reading for students at all levels""Andrew Jones, Birkbeck College, University of London and member of the RGS-IBG economic geography research group committee ""A thoughtful, stimulating, accessible introduction to the range of approaches used by economic geographers to understand and explain the patterns and processes of contemporary globalization and uneven development""Peter Daniels, University of Birmingham ""A stimulating and accessible introduction to a core area of the discipline. It conveys a clear sense of the diversity and vitality of contemporary economic geography""Neil Wrigley, University of Southampton and Editor, Journal of Economic Geographyshow more

Table of contents

1. Introducing Economic Geography2. From Commercial Geography to the "Cultural Turn"? Approaches to Economic Geography3. Shaping the Capitalist Economy: Key Actors and Processes4. Spaces of Production and Consumption5. Globalisation and Uneven Development6. The State and the Economy7. The Changing Geography of the Multinational Corporation8. Geographies of the New Service Economy9. Changing Geographies of Work and Employment10. Towards a Knowledge-Based Economy: Innovation, Learning and Clusters11. Geographies of Development12. Tourism, Culture and Economic Developmentshow more

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