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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.

Rurality and Racialized others: Out of Place in the Countryside?
Rurality and racialized others: Out of place in the countryside?
PaulCloke
Introduction: Ethnicity and the ‘Unusual’ Countryside

A report by Raekha Prasad (2004) in the Guardian newspaper deployed an orthodox shock tactic to highlight the complex interconnections between ethnicity and rurality in the British countryside. Three people are pictured, posing against the background of a lake by a forest, and the banner asks ‘What's unusual about this scene?’ The answer to the conundrum lies neither in the unspoilt solitude of the place, which might be expected to display the crowded nature of the rural honeypot, nor in the absence of the high-technology boots, anoraks and rucksacks which typically denote the paraphernalia of ‘serious’ walkers enjoying a highly embodied ...

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