chapter  1
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Introduction

Our book is centrally concerned with a set of issues that we believe to be critical in understanding the con temp - orary world. Our principal focus is on the geographies of economic activity or the various ways in which people strive to make a living. The idea of making a living points to the centrality of economic life in determining not just whether one is rich or poor but also – and more fundamentally – whether one thrives or struggles to live in the global economy.