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 4: Global Economic Geographies
How do economic geographers conceptualize economic processes at the global scale? In Section 4 the focus shifts from the local and regional to key concepts that are essential to analyzing Global Economic Geographies.
How do economic geographers engage in globalization debates? As economic geographers are concerned with generalizable theory as well as specific contexts, the approach is necessarily multi-faceted. The chapter on Core–Periphery draws heavily on Marxist ideas, especially dependency theory and world-system theories, to explain how uneven economic development at the global scale is sustained in part by political-economic relationships between wealthy (i.e. core), emerging (i.e. semi-peripheral) and poor (i.e. peripheral) countries. Core economies, through colonization and imperialism and, more recently, neo-liberal and information-driven capitalism, have created uneven structural relationships ...