The turbulence of the current times has dramatically transformed the world's ecomic geographies. The scale and scope of such changes require urgent attention. With intellectual roots dating to the nineteenth century, ecomic geography has traditionally sought to examine the spatial distributions of ecomic activity and the principles that account for them. More recently, the field has turned its attention to a range of questions relating to: globalization and its impact on different peoples and places; ecomic inequalities at different geographic scales; the development of the kwledge-based ecomy; and the relationship between ecomy and environment. Now, more than ever, the changing fortunes of peoples and places demands our attention. Ecomic Geography provides a stimulating and invative introduction to ecomic geography by establishing the substantive concerns of ecomic geographers, the methods deployed to study them, the key concepts and theories that animate the field, and the major issues generating debate. This book is the first to address the diverse approaches to ecomic geography as well as the constantly shifting ecomic geographies on the ground. It encompasses traditional approaches, albeit from a critical perspective, while providing a thorough, accessible and engaging examination of the concerns, methods and approaches of the 'new ecomic geography'. This unique introductory text covers the breadth of ecomic geography while engaging with a range of contemporary debates at the cutting-edge of the field. Written in an accessible and lucid style, this book offers a thorough and systematic introductory survey. It is enhanced by pedagogical features throughout including case studies dealing with topics ranging from the head office locations of the Fortune 500, Mexico's maquiladoras to China's investments in Southern Africa. This book also contains exercises based on the key concepts and antated further reading and websites.
Andrew Wood is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky. He is an economic, urban and political geographer with research interests in urban and regional governance, the politics of local economic development and issues relating to competition and collaboration between firms. Sue Roberts is Professor and Chair of Geography at the University of Kentucky where she is also affiliated with the Gender and Women's Studies Program and the Committee on Social Theory. Her research interests are in economic and political geography and development studies.
Andrew Wood, Susan M. Roberts
Taylor & Francis Ltd
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Geography & Earth Science: Textbooks & Study Guides
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54 black & white illustrations, 19 black & white tables, 7 black & white halftones, 47 black & white line drawings