'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 Sale

Spaces of sale


Understanding the economy requires serious consideration of exchange, sale and consumption. The exchange of money for commodities in the formal economy, performed in dedicated spaces of sale, is a critical moment in the realisation or surplus-value and the process of capital accumulation and a prelude to subsequent (final) consumption. Spaces and practices of consumption, circulation and exchange are central to a reconstructed economic geography (Crang, 1997). However, while clearly linked, exchange and sale are analytically different from consumption. It is important not to conflate them, although purchasing commodities may involve consumption of spaces of sale. Such spaces are simultaneously material sites for commodity exchange and symbolic and metaphoric territories, ‘contested sites where the identities of individuals and commodities are given ...

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