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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.


Gender refers to perceived differences between women and men and to the unequal power relations that are based in those perceived differences (Scott, 1986). Ideas about, and practices of, gender are created through everyday life and also help to structure everyday activities as well as broader social and economic processes. As a result, specific meanings and practices of gender vary from place to place and play an important role in creating economic geographies (McDowell, 1999). This chapter explores how gender is implicated in economic-geographic processes, such as economic restructuring and globalization, and how such processes, in turn, shape gender. After examining how concepts of gender have changed in economic geography, we examine specific examples of how attention to gender, particularly as it relates to ...

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