A Companion to Economic Geography

9780631212249: A Companion to Economic Geography

A Companion to Economic Geography presents students of human geography with an essential collection of original essays providing a key to understanding this important subdiscipline. The contributions are written by prominent international scholars offering a wide-ranging overview of the field.

The authors provide the reader with an understanding of the tradition of geographic research in all the relevant topics of economic geography whilst focusing on the developments of the last twenty years. All the entries provide critical assessments of the state of the field and highlight the contribution of each approach to an understanding of economic geography.

The Companion is ideally suited to undergraduates and first year graduates and will provide them with a comprehensive review of economic geography in a clear and accessible format.

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About the Author:

Eric Sheppard is Professor of Geography at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of the Capitalist Space Economy (with Trevor Barnes), A World of Difference (with Philip Porter), and editor of Scale and Geographic Inquiry (with Robert McMaster), as well as the author of numerous articles on regional political economy.

Trevor J. Barnes is Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia. He is the author or editor of six previous books including Logics of Dislocation, and most recently The New Industrial Geography (with Meric Gertler). His current research is around the history of geography's quantitative revolution.


"This is an instant classic, a landmark that scholars and graduate students will return to for decades to come. Physically and bibliographically, this presentation is state of the art. A "must" addition to all social science collections worldwide." P.O. Muller, University of Miami

"The Companion, then, is intended to provide a state of the art review of the ideas, concepts, and theories that are current in economic geography... This is a uniformly high quality collection that I wholeheartedly recommend to interested undergraduates, postgraduates, and researchers alike, whether they term themselves 'economic geographers' or not. The chapters work well as stand alone resources, and equally, the structure of the book into five separate but interlinked 'realms' provides a good overall coherence." Environment and Planning A.

"The Companion adopts a rather conventional organization of subsequent chapters that will fit with many course syllabi, moving from "Realms of Production" through "Resource Worlds" and "Social Worlds" to "Spaces of Circulation"." Peter O. Muller, Annals of the Association of American Geographers

"This is an impressive and very welcome volume. The editors and authors have done a great job and the rest of us should be grateful for the fact that this rich collection of papers is accessible" Environment and Planning D.

"...manages to combine a strong sense of the intellectual diversity of contemporary economic geography...with an awareness of the key questions which define the scope of the discipline." Keith Chapman, Univesity of Aberdeen

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