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.
Chapter 5.1: Culture
Culture in essence is a system of knowledge that includes both codified and tacit dimensions. Culture may be associated with a place (‘regional culture’) or with an economic agent (‘corporate culture’). To contemporary economic geographers, culture plays a multi-dimensional role in economies; it is a resource, an endowment, a factor input, an intervening variable, as well as a product and an outcome. Culture is a source of what makes a place unique and what connects a place to other places (i.e. networks). Culture is an organizing principle and a reference for decision making.
The ‘cultural turn’, according to Thrift (2000a), occurred within various disciplines that were ‘wrestling with the problem of how to study the economic as a cultural formation’ (p. 689). In economic geography, ...