“An essential synopsis of essential readings that every human geographer must read. It is highly recommended for those just embarking on their careers as well as those who need a reminder of how and why geography moved from the margins of social thought to its very core.” —Barney Warf, Florida State University “Key Texts in Human Geography will surely become a ‘key text’ itself. Read any chapter and you will want to compare it with another. Before you realize, an afternoon is gone and then you are tracking down the originals…” —James D. Sidaway, School of Geography, University of Plymouth A unique resource for students, Key Texts in Human Geography provides concise but rigorous overviews of the key texts that have formed post-war human geography. The text has been designed as a student-friendly guide that will: explain the text in relation to the geographical debates at the time of writing discuss the text's main arguments and sources of evidence review the initial reception, subsequent evaluation, and continued influence of each key texts contribution to how geographers understand space and place Intended Audience: Written in a clear and accessible way, by acknowledged scholars of the texts, an essential resources for undergraduates, Key Texts in Human Geography will be widely used and highly cited in courses on methods and approaches in geography.

Spatial Divisions of Labour (1984): Doreen Massey

Spatial Divisions of Labour (1984): Doreen Massey

Spatial divisions of labour (1984): Doreen Massey

Space can be … conceptualised as the product of the stretched-out, intersecting and articulating social relations of the economy. (Massey, 1984: 2)


At the outset of this chapter we can say that, like all books (academic or literary), Spatial Divisions of Labour is one ‘which requires evaluation at different levels’ (Smith, 1986: 189). It is curious to think that it is at one and the same time deeply immersed in the specific concerns of industrial location – a term now rarely used in mainstream economic geography – and yet punctuated by profound observations on the philosophy of human geography. It is at once a critique of existing location theory and economic geographical work ...

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