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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.

Reconfiguring Rural Resource Governance: The Legacy of Neo-Liberalism in Australia
Reconfiguring rural resource governance: The legacy of neo-liberalism in Australia
StewartLockie, GeoffreyLawrence and LyndaCheshire
Introduction

Natural resources have historically been seen in capitalist societies as the key asset of rural spaces, with their utilization being one of the primary roles of rural people (Lockie et al., 2003). In the colonies of the so-called New World, spaces beyond the bounds of settlement were attributed little intrinsic value prior to being ‘opened up’, ‘civilized’, and rendered ‘productive’ in the service of nation and empire building.1 The contributions that rural people subsequently made to national identities, gross domestic product and export earnings gave them what many believe to be disproportionate levels of political influence (Green, 2001). With the rural conceived — ...

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