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.

Gender and Sexuality in Rural Communities

Gender and sexuality in rural communities
JoLittle

Introduction

The discussion of identity in rural studies, whether it be in the examination of the lifestyles of particular groups or in the conceptualization of the notion of identity itself, has tended to take as a starting point the work of the early 1990s and in particular Chris Philo's 1992 article on ‘neglected rural geographies’. The recognition, at this time, that rural social scientists had ignored the experiences of many of those living in the countryside and failed to acknowledge the different rural realities that existed beyond mainstream, taken-for-granted, versions of rural living, prompted an interest in how particular ‘identities’ engaged with and contributed to the rural community. Detail on the everyday lives of elderly people, ...

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