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 Economies

Rural economies
Matteo B.Marini and Patrick H.Mooney∗


We must begin with the specification of our assumptions regarding the term ‘rural economies’; we do not view the rural as strictly separable from the urban, the suburban, or any other spatial form of the ‘non-rural’. Neither can we view the economy as entirely separable from the political, the cultural, the social, etc. Hence, we begin by recognizing that the notion of rural economy is itself only an ideal type. This analytical construction is useful, however, in that it permits the generation of a number of fundamental questions: Are rural areas moving toward increased diversity, ever more homogeneity, or some simultaneous and contradictory combination? How does globalization effect these trends? Can types of rural economies be formulated to ...

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