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.

Regulating Rurality? Rural Studies and the Regulation Approach

Regulating Rurality? Rural Studies and the Regulation Approach

Regulating rurality? rural studies and the regulation approach


This chapter examines the use that rural studies has made of the conceptual framework provided by regulation theory. This use has become quite widespread over the past decade, both in research on agricultural change and on wider forms of rural transformation. Even when such a framework is not used explicitly, it is often drawn on as a broad ‘political-economic backdrop’ to these accounts of rural change. Yet confusion still surrounds the application of regulationist ideas within rural studies. Concepts derived from a regulationist framework are often applied inappropriately, and it is sometimes unclear whether authors who use the term ‘rural regulation’ are referring to regulationist theory or to a narrower ...

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