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.

Rural Change and the Production of otherness: The Elderly in New Zealand

Rural Change and the Production of otherness: The Elderly in New Zealand

Rural change and the production of otherness: The elderly in New Zealand
A. I. (Lex)Chalmers and Alun E.Joseph


The invitation to reflect on views of the elderly1 in contemporary rural studies provides us with an opportunity to review some of the significant trends in rural research and commentary over the past ten years. Over this decade we discern changes that relate directly to the lives of elderly people, changes in methodological emphases and (most importantly, perhaps) changes in the awareness of constructions of the elderly. Our own work is perhaps typical. It began by casting the elderly as a distinct category within a demographically based analysis of rural change in Waikato, migrated through explorations of ...

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