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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.

Global Capital and the Transformation of Rural Communities
Global capital and the transformation of rural communities
Thomas A.Lyson
Introduction

Over the past 50 years, neo-classical, free-market capitalism has vanquished all challengers as the development paradigm. The collapse of communism in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe coupled with China's turn down the capitalist road has left the door open for the unfettered spread of capitalism around the world. Today, traditional communities and local economies are being woven into global circuits of mass production and consumption. As more and more aspects of community life are commodified, local residents are transformed from citizens who historically played an active role in the civic life of their towns and village into consumers whose main goal in life is to keep the global ...

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