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Conceptualizing Rurality
Conceptualizing rurality
PaulCloke
Introduction: Changing Ruralities

The idea of rurality seems to be firmly entrenched in popular discourses about space, place and society in the Western world. Although the precise nomenclature devoted to the idea is often context-specific — witness the sometimes subtle but always important differences in terms such as rural, countryside, country, wilderness, outback, agricultural and so on — the concept of rurality lives on in the popular imagination and everyday practices of the contemporary world. The rural stands both as a significant imaginative space, connected with all kinds of cultural meanings ranging from the idyllic to the oppressive, and as a material object of lifestyle desire for some people — a place to move to, farm in, visit for a vacation, encounter different ...

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