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The Handbook of Rural Studies represents the vitality and theoretical innovation at work in rural studies. It shows how political economy and the "cultural turn" have led to very significant new thinking in the cultural representations of: rurality; nature; sustainability; new economies; power and rurality; new consumerism; and exclusion and rurality.It is organized in three sections: approaches to rural studies; rural research: key theoretical co-ordinates and new rural relations.In a rich and textured discussion, the Handbook of Rural Studies explains the key moments in which the theorization of culture, nature, politics, agency, and space in rural contexts have transmitted ideas back into wider social science.

Performing Rurality
Performing rurality
TimEdensor
Introduction

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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