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The SAGE Handbook of Nature offers an ambitious retrospective and prospective overview of the field that aims to position Nature, the environment and natural processes, at the heart of interdisciplinary social sciences. The three volumes are divided into the following parts: INTRODUCTION TO THE HANDBOOK NATURAL AND SOCIO-NATURAL VULNERABILITIES: INTERWEAVING THE NATURAL & SOCIAL SCIENCES SPACING NATURES: SUSTAINABLE PLACE MAKING AND ADAPTATION COUPLED AND (DE-COUPLED) SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS RISK AND THE ENVIRONMENT: SOCIAL THEORIES, PUBLIC UNDERSTANDINGS, & THE SCIENCE-POLICY INTERFACE HUNGRY AND THIRSTY CITIES AND THEIR REGIONS CRITICAL CONSUMERISM AND ITS MANUFACTURED NATURES GENDERED NATURES AND ECO-FEMINISM REPRODUCTIVE NATURES: PLANTS, ANIMALS AND PEOPLE NATURE, CLASS AND SOCIAL INEQUALITY BIO-SENSITIVITY & THE ECOLOGIES OF HEALTH THE RESOURCE NEXUS AND ITS RELEVANCE SUSTAINABLE URBAN COMMUNITIES RURAL NATURES AND ...

The Role of Small Urban Centres in Food Security and Rural Transformations
The Role of Small Urban Centres in Food Security and Rural Transformations
Cecilia Tacoli
Introduction

Most food is produced in rural areas, and consumed by the growing proportion of the world's population living in urban centres. But there is often an assumption that this is a simple and unidirectional connection. This chapter examines how a more dynamic understanding of rural–urban linkages contributes to the analysis of food security in both urban and rural areas, with a focus on how rural transformations help shape both food production and consumption. Central to these transformations is the role of small urban centres and the related processes of ‘bottom-up’ urbanisation, including the increasing diversification of rural households’ income sources. ...

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