This title was first published in 2002: As rural Ireland undergoes deep-reaching changes, this book critically assesses what the author terms the "renegotiation of rural development" in Ireland through the repackaging, reproduction and representation of suggestions, ideas and alternatives for rural renewal. Deconstructing the process and practice of rural development in Ireland, John McDonagh explores the new approaches to development and the so-called desire for creating integrative policy and planning approaches. The main conduits for this investigation are those of partnership and community groups and their involvement in rural development issues. Further, through investigation of the relevant concepts and theories of rural change, the volume delves into the discourses of rurality and development and utilizes the diversity of approaches and understanding of, this increasingly complex issue.
Rural change and development; a plurality of Irelands - changing discourses of economy, society and space; thoughts on rurality and rural Ireland; deconstructing development - Irish style!; retrospect and prospect - the role of church, state and community in rural Ireland; the emergence of rural governance in Ireland; recasting the rural in Ireland.