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.
Chapter 30: Rural Poverty
The majority of the world's poor are found in rural areas, including a substantial portion of the impoverished populations of the richest nations (World Bank, 2000). Yet, increasingly, the rural poverty in their midst is ignored by the postindustrial nations, rendered either invisible or irrelevant to the urban preoccupations of most analysts and policy-makers. In the rest of the world, rural poverty is the dominant mode of deprivation; in the postindustrial nations of the global north, while it no longer represents the majority of the poor, it remains disproportionately large and among the most desperate forms of economic hardship, but one that generates relatively little academic, public, or political interest. Social and economic policy both within and across nations largely neglects ...