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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.

Inclusions/Exclusions in Rural Space
Inclusions/exclusions in rural space
DavidSibley

In this chapter, I will be reflecting on ways in which rural spaces are bounded through fear and anxiety and how rural communities, through political mobilization and legislation, attempt to exclude those who are deemed not to belong. I will not be attempting, however, to generalize about the power relations that secure the spaces of the dominant groups in rural societies and marginalize and exclude the weak. The geographies of inclusion and exclusion are rooted in particular histories and space-economies and it is difficult to avoid what might be deemed a parochial or, at best, a localized account of the issues. This is not to say that there are no theoretical cues with wide application relating, for example, to ...

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