1st Edition

Economic Geography Past, Present and Future

Edited By Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen, Helen Lawton-Smith Copyright 2006
    284 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    310 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The impact of economic geography both within and beyond the wider field of geography has been constrained in the past by its own limitations. Drawing together the work of several eminent geographers this superb collection assesses the current state of knowledge in the sub discipline and its future direction.  In doing so, the contributors show how economic geographers have offered explanations that affect places and lives in the broader context of the global economy.

    Offering a discussion of theoretical constructs and methodologies with the purpose to show the need to combine different approaches in understanding spatial (inter) dependencies, contributors also demonstrate the need to engage with multiple audiences, and within this context they proceed to examine how geographers have interfaced with businesses and policy.

    This excellent collection moves economic geography from a preoccupation with theory towards more rigorous empirical research with greater relevance for public policy.  With excellent breadth of coverage, it provides an outstanding introduction to research topics and approaches.

    Foreword Peter Dicken



    Introduction: Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen and Helen Lawton Smith. The Past, Present, and Future of Economic Geography

    SECTION I Economic Geography: Roots and Legacy

    Chapter 1: Eric Sheppard. The economic geography project

    Chapter 2: Susan Hanson. Thinking back, thinking ahead: Some questions for economic geographers

    Chapter 3: Linda McDowell. Feminist economic geographies: gendered identities, cultural economies and economic change

    Chapter 4: Ray Hudson. The "new" economic geography?

    Chapter 5: Allen Scott. A perspective of economic geography


    SECTION II Globalization and Contemporary Capitalism

    Chapter 6: Gordon L. Clark. Setting the agenda: the geography of global finance

    Chapter 7: Ann Markusen. Economic geography and political economy

    Chapter 8: Richard Walker. The education of an economic geographer

    Chapter 9: Peter Daniels. On services and economic geography

    Chapter 10: David Angel. Toward an environmental economic geography

    Chapter 11: Martin Kenney and Rafiq Dossani. Digitizing services: what stays where and why

    Chapter 12: Henry Wai-Chung Yeung. Globalizing Asian capitalism: An economic Geographical perspective




    SECTION III Regional Competitive Advantage: Industrial Change, Human Capital, and Public Policy

    Chapter 13: Ron Martin. Economic geography and the new discourse of regional competitiveness

    Chapter 14: Bjorn Asheim. Economic Geography as (Regional) contexts

    Chapter 15: William Beyers. Approaching research methods in economic geography

    Chapter 16: Doug Watts. Manufacturing, corporate dynamics, and regional economic change

    Chapter 17: Amy Glasmeier. On the intersection of policy and economic geography: selective engagement, partial acceptance, and missed opportunities

    Chapter 18: John Lovering. The New Imperial Geography

    Chapter 19: Anne Green. Labor market geographies: employment and non-employment

    Chapter 20: Edward J. Malecki. Technology, Knowledge, and Jobs





    Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen is a Professor in the Department of Geography, University at Buffalo-State University of New York.

    Helen Lawton Smith is Reader in Management, School of Management and Organisational Psychology, Birkbeck, London University and a Distinguished Research Associate at the School of Geography, Oxford University.

    This is a powerful and valuable contribution to current debates in Economic Geography. For anyone wishing to quickly get up to speed on the current challenges facing the sub-discipline or to understand the multiple positionalities of leading scholars in the field, this book is an essential read. James Faulconbridge, Lancaster University

    "...the collection strikingly captures the salient features of economic geography's present incarnation: its fragmentation, its slapdash ways, its lack of agreement about methods, its object of inquiry, and its subdisciplinary boundaries." -- Trevor J. Barnes, Annals of the Association of American Geographers