Key Concepts in Economic Geography is a new kind of textbook that forms part of an innovative set of companion texts for the human geography sub-disciplines. Organized around 20 short essays, this book provides a cutting edge introduction to the central concepts that define contemporary research in economic geography. Involving detailed and expansive discussions, the book includes:
An introductory chapter providing a succinct overview of the recent developments in the field; Over 20 key concept entries with comprehensive explanations, definitions, and evolutions of the subject; Extensive pedagogic features that enhance understanding including figures, diagrams, and further reading
An ideal companion text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in economic geography, the book presents the key concepts in the discipline, demonstrating their historical roots, and contemporary applications to fully understand the processes of economic change, regional growth and decline, globalization, and the changing locations of firms and industries. Written by an internationally recognized set of authors, the book is an essential addition to any geography student's library.
Section 1: Key Agents in Economic Geography
What are the key agents of change in territorial economic transformations? Section 1 begins with the key concepts that function as important agents of economic change: Labour, Firm and State. Although the relative importance of these agents has waxed and waned over time, together they constitute vital agents that shape the reality of, as well as disciplinary interests in, economic geography.
Labour has long been a key factor input to production as well as a depository of knowledge, forming the foundation of the drivers in Section 2. Furthermore, labour has been understood as a class, and as a key unit of analysis in household reproduction, industrial bargaining, social movements and political interest groups. The locations and mobility ...