Debate still rages over some of the questions Doreen Massey provoked in the classic first edition of Spatial Divisions of Labor, such as the nature of theory, the importance of contingency and uniqueness, and the relationship of Marxism. This second edition addresses these controversies, and also reflects on other debates which have taken place over the last decade. It contains a new first chapter and a lengthy additional concluding essay in which Massey takes up the issues of the book's relation to Marxism, its position on explanation, its argument about the conceptualization of social space and its relation to gender and feminism.
Part 1 Issues. Part 2 Social relations and spatial organizationdebate; characterizing capital; social structures and capitalist relations of production; the social and the spatial - an impossible dichotomy; an example. Part 3 Uneven development and spatial structures: the approach; spatial structures of capitalist production; spatial structures of production and geographical inequality; the uniqueness of space. Part 4 Some changing spatial structures in the United Kingdom - setting the scene: electronics and instruments industries; clothing and footwear; services. Part 5 The effects on local areas - class and gender relations: the general and the unique; the coalfield areas; a different kind of "Periphery" - the case of Cornwall. Part 6 Class, politics and the geography of employment: spatial structures and spatial divisions of labour; uneven development and national politics; changes in the geography of class relation.