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Decline and fall?

Decline and fall? Economy and Space Exchanges Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space Decline and fall? 2018, Vol. 50(7) 1496–1499 ! The Author(s) 2018 Article reuse guidelines: sagepub.com/journals-permissions DOI: 10.1177/0308518X18781087 journals.sagepub.com/home/epn Trevor J Barnes University of British Columbia, Canada James et al.’s Exchanges commentary is chilling, provoking in me at least existential angst. The discipline to which I have devoted the best years of my academic life could on the evidence of what’s happening in the UK be on the cusp of extinction. All my efforts over the last 35 years to champion the merits of economic geography, to be a “fanboy” (Barnes and Christophers, 2018: 2), might in the end have been in vain as the discipline now unravels, potentially deep sixing. I thought of the ending of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s (1967) novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. At its conclusion, the last surviving member of the Buendıa family is reading an ancient prophetic text about the history of his family. As he comes to the last sentence that anticipates his own demise, he dies. The text ends at the same moment he does. I feel that especially acutely given that with Brett Christophers I just published a textbook about http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Environment and Planning A SAGE

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SAGE
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© The Author(s) 2018
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0308-518X
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1472-3409
DOI
10.1177/0308518X18781087
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Economy and Space Exchanges Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space Decline and fall? 2018, Vol. 50(7) 1496–1499 ! The Author(s) 2018 Article reuse guidelines: sagepub.com/journals-permissions DOI: 10.1177/0308518X18781087 journals.sagepub.com/home/epn Trevor J Barnes University of British Columbia, Canada James et al.’s Exchanges commentary is chilling, provoking in me at least existential angst. The discipline to which I have devoted the best years of my academic life could on the evidence of what’s happening in the UK be on the cusp of extinction. All my efforts over the last 35 years to champion the merits of economic geography, to be a “fanboy” (Barnes and Christophers, 2018: 2), might in the end have been in vain as the discipline now unravels, potentially deep sixing. I thought of the ending of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s (1967) novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. At its conclusion, the last surviving member of the Buendıa family is reading an ancient prophetic text about the history of his family. As he comes to the last sentence that anticipates his own demise, he dies. The text ends at the same moment he does. I feel that especially acutely given that with Brett Christophers I just published a textbook about

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Environment and Planning ASAGE

Published: Oct 1, 2018

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