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.

The Road towards Sustainable Rural Development: Issues of Theory, Policy and Practice in a European Context

The road towards sustainable rural development: Issues of theory, policy and practice in a european context

Introduction: The Social Nature of Rural Development — from Denial to Diversity

The deep crisis of the conventional food and agricultural sector, associated with growing health risks, environmental loss, overproduction of low-quality products and the decline in number of producers and farm workers, is continuing to render the public perception of the agricultural sector within Europe as detached, over-subsidized and unattractive. Even many aspiring politicians and their officials, whether in Brussels, member state governments or regional authorities, regard it as a ‘minefield’ or ‘graveyard’ area with little chance of positive political gain or success given the ...

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