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THE RELATIONAL TURN IN ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY

James T. Murphy

Introduction

Relationality – the notion that socioeconomic phenomena are constituted, transformed, and embedded in relations between people, materials, places, institutions, firms, and states – has been a mainstay of concepts, theories, and methods in Economic Geography since the 1990s. Navigating between individualist and structuralist accounts of economic processes, relational thinkers strive to bridge the agency-structure divide through research that provides a geographically and socially situated understanding of economic action/agency, one where subjectivities, intersubjective processes, and structural factors shape business decisions and the pace and direction of industrial/economic ...

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