Academic journal article Geography

Economic Geography: Places, Networks and Flows

Academic journal article Geography

Economic Geography: Places, Networks and Flows

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Economic Geography: Places, networks and flows Andrew Wood and Susan Roberts London: Routledge, 2011 192pp, 18.9x24.6cm Pb: £25.99, ISBN 978-0-415-40182-1

This relatively short book focuses on the geography of economic activity and the contrasting fortunes of different people. The authors seek to introduce 'economic geographies and economic geography as a discipline or as a body of academic knowledge'. They see cultural geography as in the ascendency and desire to bring economic geography back to the core of human geography. The book is structured into four sections, namely traditional approaches, geography of the firm and other institutions, geography of uneven development, and geography of networks, flows and places.

The first section includes a curious mix of traditional models, for example Christaller, Weber and von Thunen, and recent case studies such as Probo Koala and the illegal disposal of toxic sludge in Cote d'Ivoire. There are useful stand-alone case studies of maquiladoras industries in Mexico and a Christallerian central place analysis of IKEA. Some of the suggested reading is dated, for example classic texts such as Chorley and Haggett's 1967 Models in Geography. There are also references to selected websites, though some are more contemporary than others: for instance the top global companies compared with a site dedicated to von Thunen studies.

Section two looks at the geographies of the firm and other institutions. …

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