1st Edition

Contemporary Rural Geographies Land, property and resources in Britain: Essays in honour of Richard Munton

Edited By Hugh Clout Copyright 2007
    224 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    224 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides a cohesive set of research statements on critical related issues in British rural geography, as well as echoing the priorities identified by an influential figure in British rural geography, Richard Munton. This book demonstrates that the rural world needs to be seen in a far wider perspective than that of agriculture/ food production, in order to comprehend how resources are being appraised and exploited in new ways, and to respond to the pressing challenges of sustainability for the decades ahead.

    Chapters adopt a time perspective to explore a series of key themes:

    • the rise of productivist farming
    • ways of conceptualising agricultural change
    • the evolution of landownership and property rights
    • rural and urban agendas for nature conservation
    • the gap between policy and action for sustainable development.

    The final set of chapters is devoted to policy-related issues associated with agricultural change and the profound challenge of rural diversification for the future. The last chapter traces the prominent career of Richard Munton.

    Chapter 1 British Rural Geography : a disciplinary enterprise in changing times, Philip Lowe and Neil Ward Chapter 2 Agency and Environment in the Transition to a Productivist Farming Regime in England and Wales 1939-1950, Brian Short Chapter 3 Denial and Diversity : some reflections on emerging agri-food geographies and rural development in the UK, Terry Marsden Chapter 4 Revisiting Land Ownership and Property Rights, Michael Winter Chapter 5 Between Earth and Life : re-figuring property through bioresources, Sarah Whatmore Chapter 6 Rurality and Creative Nature-Culture Connections, Paul Cloke Chapter 7 Nature Conservation in Towns and Cities, David Goode Chapter 8 Engaging Publics in Environmental Planning, Carolyn Harrison and Jacquie Burgess Chapter 9 Single Farm Payments, Diversification and Tenant Farming in England, Brian Ilbery, Damian Maye, David Watts and Lewis Holloway Chapter 10 Diversification, Networks and Rural Futures in England, Julian Clark and Alun Jones Chapter 11 Richard Munton – geographer and rural geographer, Hugh Clout Appendix I Books, refereed articles, book chapters and other publications and reports by Richard Munton


    Hugh Clout is Emeritus professor of Geography at University College London where he introduced the teaching of rural geography in the late 1960s. His pioneering textbook, Rural Geography (Pergamon), appeared in 1972. Research interests include the geography of France, past and present, the historical geography of London, and the historiography of academic geography.