"Texts" for Geography 207
207 Syllabus: Textbook Policy
** = Book is "on Reserve" in OUGL
= Book is potentially important for all students in the class and may
contain required readings
Book is "Required"
All other books on this list have been used in this class in the past
or are otherwise potentially useful as resources related to class or your
They represent examples for recent, relatively up-to-date Economic
Geography literature. There are
of other books and documents in the UW library system which contain
for this class and for your discussion / portfolio related research.
Adopted Texts and Related Web Sites:
UW Bookstore: Information for Geography 207
Books, Undergraduate Library
Alexander, John W., Economic Geography. Prentice Hall 1963 [911.2
A127e] [On Reserve]
- Benner, Chris. Work in the New Economy: Flexible Labor Markets in
Silicon Valley. Blackwell, 2002 [HD5725 C2 B46 2002/Suzz]
- Berry, Conkling, Ray.
The Global Economy in Transition. Prentice Hall 1997. [This book has
been a text in this class in the past] [HC59 B52 1997]
- Bryson, John R., et al., eds., Knowledge, space, economy. London ; New
York : Routledge, 2000 [Suzzallo/Allen
Stacks HF1025 .K567 2000]
- Bryson, John, Nick Henry, David Keeble, Ron Martin, eds. The Economic
Geography Reader: Producing and Consuming Global, Capitalism. Chichester:
Wiley, 1999. ISBN: 0-471-98528-7 Paper, 494 Pages. [HF1025 .E192 1999/
Clark, Gordon L., Maryann P. Feldman, and Meric S. Gertler, The Oxford
handbook of economic geography. Oxford, England ; New York : Oxford
University Press, 2000 [Suzzallo/Allen Stacks HF1025 .O94 2000]
Dicken, Peter. Global Shift: Transforming the World Economy. 3rd
edition, 1998. [HD2321 .D53 1998]
[This is an excellent book to have on your own shelf
if you are interested in global business and international economic
affairs. The chapters most appropriate for Geog.207 are:
- Ch.5 ("Technology:
The 'Great Growling Engine of Change'"]
- Ch.8 ("Dynamics of Conflict and Collaboration")
- Ch.13 ("Making a Living in the Global Economy")]
Dicken, Peter and Peter E. Lloyd.
Location in Space: Theoretical Perspective in Economic Geography. 3rd
edition, 1990. [HF 1025 D53 1990] [This book is used by Professor Beyers
as a text for his Geog.207; it is excellent in the treatment of classical
- Florida, Richard. The Rise of the Creative Class.
New York, NY: Basic Books, 2002.
[Suzzallo/Allen Stacks HD53 .F59 2002]
The Rise of the Creative Class gives us a provocative new way to think
about why we live as we do today - and where we might be headed. In a book
that weaves a storytelling with a massive body of research, Richard
Florida traces the fundamental theme that runs through a host of seemingly
unrelated changes in American society: the growing role of creativity in
[More publications and videos
- Goetz, Stephan J.,
Migration and Local Labor Markets,
WebBook, 1999, Regional Research Institute, WVU.
Goodall, Brian. Dictionary of Human Geography. 1987. [This book could not
be ordered as supplementary text because it is out-of-print. Since it
remains a highly recommended addition to your Economic Geography Library,
you may want to try to find a used copy] [GF4 .G67 1987]
Simon Marvin, Telecommunications and the City:
Electronic Spaces, Urban Places. London: Routledge, 1996 [HE7631.G73]
Other Publications by the Centre for Urban Technology (Newcastle)]
Dean M.: The International Economy: A Geographical
Perspective. N.Y.: Wiley 1994.
Hayter, Roger. The Dynamics of Industrial Location: The Factory, the Firm
and the Production System. Chichester: Wiley 1997 (Paperback)
[This highly recommended book served as text in Geography 450 (Location
Theories) Fall 1999] [HC79.D5 H39 1997]
Hoover, Edgar M. and Frank Giarratani, An Introduction to Regional
Economics; Online version of third edition, 1984.
- Johnston, Ron J., et al., Dictionary in Human Geography [GF4 D52]
- Kellerman, Aharon. The Internet on Earth: A Geography of Information.
Wiley, 2002 [TK5105.875.I57 K4423 2002]
Paul L. and John Agnew. The geography of the world
economy. 3rd ed. London ; New York : Arnold/Wiley, 1998.
[HC59 K578 1998]
- Leinbach, Thomas R. and Stanley D Brunn (eds). Worlds of E- Commerce:
Economic, Geographical and Social Dimensions. Chichester: John Wiley, 2001
Malecki, Edward J., Technology & Economic Development. 2nd edition,
Longman 1997. [This is another highly recommended book for
your own Economic Geography Library. It serves as a
300/400-level text in this department] [HC79.T4.M346 1997]
The Geography of the New Economy,
Regional Research Institute, WVU. Revised 2000 [Full text!]
- Putnam, Robert D., Bowling
Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American
Community. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000. [A recent, extentively
documented analysis of American society and culture, incl. (ch.12)
"Mobility & Sprawl"]
The End of Work: The Decline of the Global Labor Force
and the Dawn of the Post-Market Era. 1996. [HD6331 .R533 1995]
Particularly Recommended Chapters:
- Chapter 10: "The Last Service Worker"
- Chapter 17: "Empowering the Third Sector"
- Saxenian, Annalee Recent Papers
(High-Tech Districts in U.S. and Asia) [pdf]
Stamp, L. Dudley. Chisholm's Handbook of Commercial Geography.
[This is a
more recent edition that the one underlying the Exercise for Week #2;
the table of content appears to be largely intact] [On Reserve]
Stutz, Frederick P., San Diego State University, and
Anthony R. de Souza, Southwest Texas State University:
The World Economy: Resources, Location,
Trade and Development, 3.edition 1998. [HC59 .S8635
1998] or 4th edition, 2001.
UW Bookstore |
- Taub Urban
Research Institute, NYU: Recent Research Papers
Wheeler, James O., Peter O. Müller, Grant Ian Thrall & Timothy J. Fik,
Economic Geography, 3rd ed, New York : John Wiley, 1998.
[HF1025 .E36 1998]
World Development Report (WDR) 2000/2001: Attacking Poverty
[The World Bank Group: Full Text Report, PDF files]
Texts in Economics: (Online)
In this observer's opinion, the concept of a hard-cover, glossy-paper,
"text" has lost much of its attraction for Economic & Business Geography.
Structural changes in the "real world" and the turnover of ideas in the
theoretical discourse are outdating such books at an increasingly rapid
rate. More importantly, technological changes and improved access to
relevant information via electronic libraries and the Internet have
reduced the need for textbook 'intermediation' and have made it almost
mandatory for publishers to integrate and package the traditional text
with supplementary, more current and 'hypertextually' organized digital
materials. Unfortunately and at least in our field, not much has happened
along these lines.
At the same time, other facets of today's learning
environments are changing. Faculty have become less willing to
pontificate or let textbook authors decide what is relevant
knowledge worthy of students' attention. Faculty and students alike
are increasingly downplaying the need for "passive" texts in
favor of "active" explorations and student-initiated and controlled
information gathering. The fact that social science students tend to (have
to) sell their excessively expensive texts after completion of the course
only adds to the many text-related questions raised in economic geography
programs. Nevertheless, textbooks are still being written by
competent authors, for captive and lucrative markets. These books (are not
only an important export commodity for the British economy but also)
cross-sectional glimpses of the discipline and useful resources for student
readings and research. Thus, while we may not want to adopt them as
"mono-opinion" texts, especially if the author(s) or publisher
insists on ignoring the arrival of the Internet, we should not hesitate to
use them for second and third opinions and as reference.
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