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 6: Emerging Themes in Economic Geography
What does the future hold for the economy and the discipline of economic geography? The final section focuses on emerging concepts that represent economic trends of increasing significance in the twenty-first century.
Although the idea of a Knowledge Economy was conceived in the 1960s, this concept has been steadily gaining in significance as the basis for newly emerging sectors of economic activities has shifted from natural to knowledge-based resources. Knowledge economy has been viewed as the future in advanced industrialized economies that are searching for alternative sources of job creation as manufacturing jobs are lost. Recognizing the importance of knowledge has also led to the [Page 190]reconceptualization of workers, from labourer to innovators. It should be noted, ...