'The social and political power of the verity that there are no such things as economies, only economic geographies demands an analysis of the complex flows and relations implied by it. At last, here is a book – the book - which addresses the questions central to the critical understanding of economies and their formative geographies. This is a highly creative and transformative contribution' Roger Lee, Professor of Geography, Queen Mary, University of LondonHow do we conceptualise the production and re-production of social life? What are the most appropriate ways to conceptualise capitalist economies and their geographies? Economic Geographies integrates ideas of structure, agency, and practice to provide:· a detailed overview of recent key debates in economic geography: from political-economy and Marxism to post-structuralism· an explanation of the of relations between production, retail and consumption, governance and regulation· a discussion of the economy in terms of circuits, flows, and spaces that systematically relates the material to the culturalEconomic Geographies is a systematic audit of related developments in economic geography and the social sciences: these include consumption; economy and nature; and culture. The text will be required reading for upper-level undergraduates on courses in economic geography.
Spaces of Production
Spaces of Production
The ‘moment of production’ is critical within the circuit of capital and the reproduction of the social relations of capital. Production cannot occur everywhere but must occur somewhere. In this Chapter focus is on those defined spaces in which commodity production occurs within the formally regulated economy, particularly production of material commodities and processes of appropriating and nurturing nature that have increasingly been transformed to mimic those of transformative production in manufacturing. The spaces in which employed labour works are central to the production process, as is the recruitment of appropriate labour and the regulation of the labour process to ensure the production of surplus-value. Equally, the ways in which various spaces of work are combined into social systems of ...