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.

Conceptualizing Rurality

Conceptualizing rurality

Introduction: Changing Ruralities

The idea of rurality seems to be firmly entrenched in popular discourses about space, place and society in the Western world. Although the precise nomenclature devoted to the idea is often context-specific — witness the sometimes subtle but always important differences in terms such as rural, countryside, country, wilderness, outback, agricultural and so on — the concept of rurality lives on in the popular imagination and everyday practices of the contemporary world. The rural stands both as a significant imaginative space, connected with all kinds of cultural meanings ranging from the idyllic to the oppressive, and as a material object of lifestyle desire for some people — a place to move to, farm in, visit for a vacation, encounter different ...

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