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.

Social Forestry: Exploring the Social Contexts of Forests and Forestry in Rural Areas

Social forestry: Exploring the social contexts of forests and forestry in rural areas
PaulMilbourne, LawrenceKitchen and KieronStanley

Introduction

The challenge lies in the understanding we have achieved of the potential contribution which forestry can make to development and rising welfare. For contrary to what many outsiders believe, forestry is not, in its essence, about trees. It is about people. It is about trees only so far as they serve the needs of people.

(Westoby, 1987: 92)

This statement produced by Jack Westoby, a prominent figure within the Forest Department of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, indicates a set of broader social and welfare concerns associated with forestry and forests within advanced capitalist countries. While his ...

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