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 6.3: Consumption
Consumption is an act of spending resources to fulfil basic needs (e.g. food) as well as a way of expressing social status, tastes and preferences. While the latter is of particular interest to sociologists and cultural geographers, economic geographers’ interest in consumption began with a focus on its role in shaping economic landscapes of human settlement. This interest prompted locational and organizational studies of the retail sector, a service sector directly engaged with consumption. Although consumption has long been secondary to production as a central focus of economic geography (known as ‘productionist-bias’ (Wrigley et al., 2002)), recently there is a renewed interest in the geographic manifestations of a mass-consumer society, including consumer activism.
Location Theories of Consumption
The locational characteristics of the retail sector have been ...