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 31: Rural Housing and Homelessness
Rural Housing and Homelessness
Housing and homelessness represent key constituents of rural social change and welfare. The presence of particular forms of housing, its suitability and its accessibility all play a part in shaping the social composition of particular rural places. Rural housing connects with broader economic and socio-cultural processes in rural areas. Inadequate housing conditions and the abandonment of housing in rural areas are indicative of broader problems concerning marginal rural economies, rural depopulation and rural poverty. By contrast, gentrified rural housing markets are symplomatic recent processes of rural re-population and the ‘capture’ of rural spaces by middle-class groups. Within such processes, rural housing is constructed as a desirable positional good that carries a great deal of cultural capital. Housing has ...