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.

Neo-Endogenous Rural Development in the EU

Neo-endogenous rural development in the eu


This chapter looks at certain aspects of the sociology of rural development. By rural development, we will be referring both to activity that occurs in rural areas in pursuit of socio-economic vibrancy and to the domain of intervention, that is, the rural policies of national (and sub- and supranational) administrations and of NGOs with an interest in rural areas. We will not, however, be concerned with the ‘rurality’ of rural areas per se but with the socio-economic regeneration of territories (which also happen to have certain rural characteristics). The theoretical fundamentals involved are shared with the domain of urban regeneration: the common objective being to devise an approach to regeneration that can tackle the ...

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