1st Edition

Rural Geographies People, Place and the Countryside

By Richard Yarwood Copyright 2023
    288 Pages 60 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    288 Pages 60 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Rural Geographies provides a critical, contemporary and accessible introduction to rural change by using geographical ideas to understand current issues affecting the countryside.

    The book discusses how the countryside has been studied by geographers across a range of different scales, from village community to the global countryside. Each chapter provides a concise and well-illustrated introduction to a key theme in rural geography, using current literature and contemporary examples. The book is divided into four sections that cover rural contexts, changes, contests and cultures. The volume takes a global perspective but is largely centred on the Global North, reflecting the tradition of scholarship in rural geography.

    Rural Geographies is driven by thinking in human geography. It reflects how major paradigmatic changes in the discipline have impacted, and have been informed by, the sub-discipline of rural geography. The aim is to introduce key ideas and concepts that will teach students the critical skills necessary to analyse rural issues themselves. The text will be a valuable resource for undergraduate students studying rural geography and rural studies.

    Chapter 1. Introduction

    Part I Contexts

    Chapter 2: Where Is the Country?

    Chapter 3: Doing Away with Rurality?

    Chapter 4: Geographies of The Rural

    Part II Changes

    Chapter 5: Farming and Food

    Chapter 6: Economic Restructuring

    Chapter 7: Changing Representations of Rurality

    Chapter 8: Changing Rural Lives

    Part III Contests

    Chapter 9: Poverty and Social Exclusion

    Chapter 10: Policy and Governance

    Chapter 11: Housing, Homelessness and Home

    Chapter 12: Mobility and Immobility

    Chapter 13: Sustainability, Resilience and Rurality

    Part IV Cultures

    Chapter 14: Rural Landscapes

    Chapter 15: Performing Rurality

    Chapter 16: Rural Others, Other Rurals

    Chapter 17: Gender, Sexuality and The Body

    Chapter 18: More Than Human Ruralities

    Chapter 19: Conclusions


    Richard Yarwood is Professor of Human Geography and the Director of the Doctoral College at the University of Plymouth, UK.