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.

Political Articulation: The Modalities of New Critical Politics of Rural Citizenship

Political articulation: The modalities of new critical politics of rural citizenship


On 12 August 1999, veteran anti-militarist campaigner turned farmer José Bové led a group of his supporters in ‘dismantling’ a new McDonald's restaurant under construction in the southern French town of Millau. Ten months later, a crowd of 100,000 descended on Millau in carnival mood for Bové's trial, celebrating his new-found iconic status. For the cosmopolitan gathering of well-wishers, Bové and his actions symbolized many things. Most overtly, they were a strike against globalization, with campaigners from around the world called as defence witnesses in an attempt to invert the trial into a tribunal on globalization. At another level, the targeting of McDonald's symbolized ...

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