People, Place and the Countryside
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Rural Geographies provides a critical, contemporary and accessible introduction to understanding rural change by using geographical ideas to explain and analyse current issues affecting the countryside.
The book discusses how the countryside has been conceptualised and located by geographers and considers how it can be studied across different scales (from 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 chapters are divided into four sections, covering rural contexts, changes, contests and cultures. The volume is largely centred on the Global North, reflecting the tradition of scholarship in rural geography but has a global perspective and draws upon on key examples in the Global South as appropriate.
Rural Geographies is driven by thinking in human geography and thus reflects how major paradigmatic changes in geography have impacted upon, and been informed by, rural geography. The aim is not to champion a particular approach or the latest fashionable idea but, rather, 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 upper-level undergraduate students studying rural geography and rural studies.
Table of Contents
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: A Conclusion to Rural Geography
Richard Yarwood is a Professor of Human Geography and Director of the Doctoral College at the University of Plymouth, UK.