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.

Rural Space: Constructing a Three-Fold Architecture

Rural space: Constructing a three-fold architecture

Building a map in order to find,

What's not lost but left behind

(BethOrton, Tangent, 1996)


This chapter develops a framework for exploring the present day character and status of ‘rural space’. Reflecting the present era, where fragmentation within all aspects of life appears as a key leitmotif (Harvey, 1989), the chapter seeks to construct a heuristic device — a ‘map’ -with which to interrogate rural space. Such a strategy aims to bring together the dispersed elements of what we already know about rural space more than to reveal some hidden or ‘lost’ aspect of this space. As such — and as seems appropriate within a Handbook of rural studies — the chapter aims to provide a ...

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