We are now living through a period of knowledge capitalism in which, as Castells put it, 'the action of knowledge upon knowledge is the main source of productivity.' In the face of such transformation, the economic, social and institutional contours of contemporary capitalism are being reshaped. At the heart of this world are an emergent set of economies, regions, institutions and peoples central of the flows and translations of knowledge. This book provides an interdisciplinary review of the triad of knowledge, space, economy on entering the twenty-first century. Drawing on a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, the first part of the book comprises a set of statements by leading authors on the role of knowledge in capitalism. Thereafter, the remaining two parts of the book explore the landscape of knowledge capitalism through a series of analyses of knowledge in action within a range of economic, political and cultural contexts. Bringing together a set of authors from across the social sciences, this book provides both a major theoretical statement on understanding the economic world and an empirical exemplification of the power of knowledge in shaping the spaces and places of today's society.

chapter 1|11 pages


ByJohn R. Bryson, Peter W. Daniels, Nick Henry, Jane Pollard

part |87 pages

Part IKnowledge, space, economy

chapter 2|19 pages

Power/economic knowledge

Symbolic and spatial formations
ByJohn Allen

chapter 3|16 pages

Materialities, spatialities, globalities

ByJohn Law, Kevin Hetherington

chapter 4|13 pages

Knowledge, innovation and location

ByJeremy Howells

chapter 6|21 pages

Just in time?

The prevalence of representational time and space to marketing discourses of consumer buyer behaviour
ByOdih Pamela, Knights David

part |105 pages

Part II Knowledge at work in space and place

chapter 7|17 pages

Creating and sustaining competitiveness

Local knowledge and economic geography
ByEdward J. Malecki

chapter 8|22 pages

(The) industrial agglomeration (of Motor Sport Valley)

A knowledge, space, economy approach
ByNick Henry, Steven Pinch

chapter 9|15 pages

Worlds in motion?

‘Worlds of production', evolutionary economic change and contemporary retail banking
ByJane Pollard, Andrew Leyshon

chapter 10|19 pages

Spreading the message

Management consultants and the shaping of economic geographies in time and space
ByJohn R. Bryson

chapter 11|15 pages

The free and the unfree

‘Emerging markets', the Heritage Foundation and the ‘Index of Economic Freedom’
ByJames Sidaway, Michael Pryke

chapter 12|15 pages

Rethinking ‘useful' knowledge

Co-operative science and the new genetics
ByMorag Bell

part |73 pages

Part III Becoming in the (k)now

chapter 13|17 pages

Space, knowledge and consumption

ByDavid B. Clarke

chapter 14|16 pages

Virtual culture

Knowledge, identity and choice
ByFrank Webster

chapter 15|19 pages

‘Have you got the customer's permission?'

Category management and circuits of knowledge in the UK food business
ByIan Cook, Philip Crang, Mark Thorpe

chapter 16|16 pages

Being told and answering back

Knowledge, power and the new world of work
ByJane Wills

chapter 17|3 pages


ByJohn R Bryson, Peter W Daniels, Nick Henry, Jane Pollard