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.
Chapter 17: Commodification: Re-Resourcing Rural Areas
Commodification: Re-Resourcing Rural Areas
Where profit is, loss is hidden nearby.
Capitalism's propensity for constant change means that rural landscapes and the experiences of people who live in them, or who visit them for various purposes, are continually changing. These changes relate to the organization of land, labour, capital and technology and are integrally connected with economic and social crises (Smith, 2000). Capital's response to these crises is constantly to seek new ways to accumulate. Consequently, established rural environments, productive processes and social arrangements are continually being modified or abandoned and replaced, sometimes in the same location, but often elsewhere, with new built forms and new environments for production and consumption. Commodification is an integral part of these processes and social arrangements ...