1st Edition

Rural Transformations Globalization and Its Implications for Rural People, Land, and Economies

Edited By Holly Barcus, Roy Jones, Serge Schmitz Copyright 2022
    264 Pages 47 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    264 Pages 47 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book focuses on the transformation of rural places, peoples, and land endemic to the contemporary manifestations of globalization.

    Migration, global economic restructuring, and climate change are rapidly transforming rural places across the globe. Yet, global attention characteristically focuses on urban social and economic issues, neglecting the continued roles of rural people and places. Organized around the three core themes of demographic change, rural-urban partnerships and innovations, and landscape change, the case studies included in this volume represent both the Global North and Global South and underscore the complexity and multi-scalar nature of these contemporary challenges in rural development, planning, and sustainability.

    This book would be valuable supplementary reading for both students and professionals in the fields of rural land management and rural planning.

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    List of Contributors


    Chapter 1- Introduction

    Holly Barcus, Roy Jones, and Serge Schmitz

    Part I: Agricultural and Land Use Transitions

    Chapter 2- Agribusiness Towns, Globalization and Development in Rural Australia and Brazil

    Michael Woods

    Chapter 3- A Change in the Role of Women in the Rural Area of Southeastern Anatolia, Turkey

    Suk-Kyeong Kang

    Chapter 4- Agricultural Transition in Rural China: Intersections of the Global, National and Local.

    Guy M Robinson, Bingjie Song, and Zhenshan Xu

    Chapter 5- A Checkered Pathway to Prosperity: The Institutional Challenges of Smallholder Tobacco Production in Zimbabwe

    Tariro Kamuti

    Part II: Demographic Diversity

    Chapter 6- The Changing Rural Periphery: Contested Landscape, Agricultural Preservation, and New Rural Residents in Dakota County, Minnesota, U.S.A.

    Holly Barcus and David A. Lanegran

    Chapter 7- Labour Immigration and Demographic Transformation: Lithuanian and Polish Nationals in Rural Ireland.

    Mary Cawley

    Chapter 8- Shaping Public Spaces in Rural Areas: Lessons from Villages in the Gmina of Krobia, Poland.

    Karolina Dmochowska-Dudek, Marcin Wójcik, Paulina Tobiasz-Liz, and Pamela Jeziorska-Biel

    Chapter 9- Mother’s Little Helper: A Feminist Political Ecology of West Africa’s Herbicide Revolution.

    William G. Moseley and Eliza J. Pessereau

    Part III: Rural Innovations and Urban-Rural Partnerships

    Chapter 10- Towards a Strategic Model for Sustainable Agriculture in Mediterranean Countries: A Case Study of the Cooperativa Hortec (Catalonia, Spain).

    Joan Tort-Donada and Jordi Fumadó-Llambric

    Chapter 11- Rural Innovation and the Valorization of Local Resources in the High Atlas of Marrakesh.

    Fatima Gebrati

    Chapter 12- Does an Agricultural Products’ Certification System Reorganize Vegetable Farmers? A Case of the VietGAP Program in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam.

    Doo-Chul Kim, Tuyen Thi Duong, Quang Nguyen, and Hung The Nguyen

    Chapter 13- Relocalizing Food Systems for Everyone, Everywhere? Reflections on Walloon Initiatives (Belgium).

    Antonia Bousbaine and Serge Schmitz

    Chapter 14- Conclusion

    Holly Barcus, Roy Jones, and Serge Schmitz



    Holly Barcus is a DeWitt Wallace Professor of Geography at Macalester College (USA). Her interests reside at the intersection of migration, ethnicity, and rural peripheries. For the past 15 years she has been working in western Mongolia amongst the Kazakh population considering questions of identity, environment, and changing migration trajectories. She holds positions on the editorial board for the Journal of Rural Studies and as a co-chair of the International Geographical Union's Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems (IGU-CSRS).  

    Roy Jones is an Emeritus Professor of Geography at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, where he has worked since moving to Australia in 1970. He is an historical geographer with particular interest in the areas of rural and regional change. In 2013, he was awarded a Distinguished Fellowship of the Institute of Australian Geographers.

    Professor Serge Schmitz teaches rural geography, tourism strategy, regional development, and landscape planning at the University of Liège (Belgium) and leads the Laboratory for the Analysis of Places, Landscapes and European countryside (Laplec), since 2007. Early work focused on land consolidations, natural parks, and landscape analyses. Today, his research focuses on multifunctional countryside, in Wallonia and around the world, with a special interest for heritage landscapes, rural tourism, and ways of dwelling.