Modes of Production and the Structure of the Space-Economy

  • Michael Dunford
  • Diane Perrons
Part of the Critical Human Geography book series


By placing human social activity and human labour at the centre of geographical analysis and by using a more social and historical conception of the economy, geographical theory can be reconstructed by drawing on the classical tradition in political economy. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the spatial dimension actually played a central role in economic analysis, 1 while early-ninteenth-century economists like Ricardo and Marx situated geographical issues in a wider social and economic context.2 But, from their time, locational analysis developed as a separate and largely independent branch of study, while economic theory tended to conceive most economic processes as taking place on the head of a pin. A renewed interest in this earlier tradition means, therefore, that a link can be established with a mode of analysis of economic and social processes that has paid more attention to, and is more appropriate for, the study of geographical questions.


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  • Diane Perrons

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