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 25: Tourism, Consumption and Rurality
Tourism, Consumption and Rurality
At the centre of this chapter is a concern to establish ways in which meanings of rurality may be understood as constructed and constituted through and in terms of tourism. In part this concern seeks to accommodate consideration of how rurality, in Britain in particular, has been transformed through processes of commodification and consumption in terms of tourism; but also of the ways in which ideas of rurality inform what happens in tourism. The power of commodification is considered in relation to the power of individuals to act in processes of consumption. Familiar emphasis on the power of commodification in constituting what rurality means is shifted to a consideration of the constitution of rurality through the encounter the ...