1st Edition

A United Kingdom? Economic, Social and Political Geographies

By John Mohan Copyright 1999
    270 Pages
    by Routledge

    270 Pages
    by Routledge

    The human geography of the UK is currently being reshaped by a number of forces - such as globalisation, transition in the organisations of production, the changing character of state intervention, and changing relationships with Europe. A consideration of the impacts of these forces on economic, social and political landscapes is, therefore, an urgent task. At the same time, enduring institutional features of the British economy and polity are also having important influences on socio-economic processes. The result is a complex mosaic of uneven development, which belies the notion of simplistic regional contrasts.

    Rather than simply mapping spatial inequality, 'A United Kingdom?' charts the processes underpinning uneven development at a range of scales and for a number of key topics. The book draws upon and synthesises the latest contemporary research findings and places emphasis on the interrelated nature of economic, social and political geographies. It treats the human geographies of the UK in a coherent and integrated way, and asks whether contemporary processes of change are tending towards the reduction of socio-spatial divisions or their reproduction in new forms.

    Cartographies and geographies
    A place in the world
    The reconfiguration of state intervention
    Geographies of production: deindustrialisation and reindustrialisation
    Geographies of production: sunbelts and new industrial spaces?
    Geographies of labour markets: flexibility and fragmentation
    Geographies of money and finance
    Class, geography and social polarisation
    Spatial divisions of welfare
    Place and political moblisation
    Subnational government in the UK: reconciling function, area and local democracy
    Managing uneven development: philosophies, policies and impacts
    Sustainable geographies?
    A place in the World, II: millennial prospects, millenarian visions.


    Mohan, John

    This well priced book will find an audience of both students and lecturers/teachers across the discipline of human geography. An invaluable introduction to those studying the material for the first time, as well as an excellent summary (and reminder), to those having studied human geography at a general level prior to specializing.
    Area and Transactions

    This volume is a significant introduction for undergraduates to the fractured but, still, United Kingdom in which they will live their lives. It deserves widespread use.
    Scottish Geography Journal