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Performing Rurality
Performing rurality

In this chapter, the ways in which people are predisposed to carry out unquestioned and habitual practices in rural settings is explored by using the metaphor of performance. Moreover, the ways in which the materialities and meanings of rural space are reproduced, consolidated and contested, along with the identities of those who dwell and move within them, can also be considered by examining how rurality is staged so as to accommodate particular enactions. It is through the relationship between the array of characters playing out particular roles, and the spaces in which they perform, that ruralities are routinely produced. Thus common sense understandings of who appropriately belongs in rural space, what (kinds of) countryside symbolizes and what actions are fitting can be ...

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