: cloth ISBN 9780198741862
This text explores different aspects of the spatial upheavals that lie behind the latest wave of globalization based on Western values. The first chapter introduces basic notions of distance and movement as well as the idea that accelerated change in such things as the rapidity of information flows and instantaneous communications is making the world smaller. Students are introduced to Harvey's "time-space" compression thesis, linking it to traditional geographical concerns about space in terms of how to cross it. Subsequent chapters on global cities, "footloose" multinationals and global tourism consider for whom the world is shrinking and, in so doing, draw the attention to the uneven and unequal character of global processes. The multinational focus also introduces students to issues of production change and locational factors. In a similar way, the material on global cities raises the issue of agglomerations and economic interdependence. Transnational pollution provides an opportunity to engage with the scope and intensity of global relations and, at the same time, introduce issues of amenity, externalities and the tragedy of the common people of the globe.
: pbk ISBN 9780198741879
This is the second of a five-book series which offers a forward-looking, broad-based course in human geography. The building blocks of a 'geographical imagination' are presented through some of the principal forces that are shaping the world as it approaches the twenty-first century. Each book develops different aspects of the geographical imagination, using a mixture of text and readings, through which the authors teach what it is to think geographically. The issues that are explored are at the forefront of global and local relations. In recent years there has been much talk of a world that is progressively shrinking as developments in communications and travel increase the pace of life and disrupt our sense of distance. For many, this is the language of globalization: of a world smaller in size, characterized by closer ties and connections, where places once thought of as far apart are no longer so. This volume offers a critical introduction to these ideas, one which requires us to rethink our notions of distance and movement, as well as the very nature of social space itself.
Starting with the revolutions in transport and communications, the book sets the context within which much of the discussion around the shrinking of the globe takes place. The contributors then go on to examine the implications of a shrinking globe for the worlds of money and finance, and for multinational and transnational firms, and the role played by global cities. Transnational pollution and global tourism are also explored for the manner in which they too often shrink the the world in sometimes unexpected and unpredictable ways. Throughout, attention is drawn to the unevenness and inequality built into global relationships and processes.
- 1. Annihilating space?: the speed-up of communications
- 2. Corssing borders: footloose multinationals?
- 3. Controlling space: global cities
- 4. Dirty connections: transnational pollution
- 5. Consuming spaces: global tourism
- 6. Uneven worlds
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