Key Concepts in Urban 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, Key Concepts in Urban Geography provides a cutting edge introduction to the central concepts that define contemporary research in urban geography.

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Consumption

Consumption has emerged as one of the key concepts in the social sciences over the last two decades, spawning a vast literature and research agenda, and crossing disciplinary boundaries from sociology to economics, psychology to anthropology Geographers have contributed to this debate in two main ways. The first is through the articulation of processes by which consumption is organised spatially. While original urban settlements had a tight relationship to their surrounding fields and orchards for foodstuffs the growing complexity of urban societies has long severed this relationship. In other words, ‘Demand resulting from agglomeration and population density is not met through local supply alone. Local consumption does not return the city as a closed economic circuit’ (Amin and Thrift, ...

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