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Mapping Corporations, Connecting Communities: Remaking Steel Geographies in Northern England and Southern Poland

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Stuart Dawley, Professor Alison Stenning, Professor Andy Pike



In recent years, economic geographers have turned their attention to the growing geographical reach and complexity of economic networks to focus on the increasing integration of economies, the geographical organization of economic activity and the social, economic and political relationships within these networks.Within this work, particular attention has been paid to the corporation, allowing for corporate geographies to be rethought using new approaches and new methodologies. Building on these approaches, we seek to develop a holistic economic geography which embeds the globalizing corporation within a broad array of economic, social, political and cultural settings shaped by multiple social agents. We do this in the context of the European steel industry. We argue that refocusing attention on the steel industry is important for two reasons. First, the industry itself has radically changed in the last decade. Persistent global overcapacity and cycles of profitability, ongoing consolidation and privatization, the emergence of new steel regions and of more 'globalized' steel producers have all altered the industry's anatomy. Second, the tools of economic geography have changed. New approaches enable us to look again at the steel industry and to rethink its corporate geographies. This article develops these arguments by using an innovative approach, integrating the narratives of two steel corporations and two European steel regions, and focusing on issues of corporate geography, financialization, government and governance, labour and community. In this way, we seek to continue the strong tradition within economic geography of conceptualizing the spatial contexts and consequences of economic change through accounts of the continuous remaking of steel geographies. © 2008 SAGE Publications.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Dawley S, Stenning AC, Pike AJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Urban and Regional Studies

Year: 2008

Volume: 15

Issue: 3

Pages: 265-287

ISSN (print): 0969-7764

ISSN (electronic): 1461-7145

Publisher: Sage


DOI: 10.1177/0969776408090543


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