1st Edition

Rural Transformations and Rural Policies in the US and UK

    20 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    424 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines the transformations of rural society and economy in the UK and US during the last half-century, and explores the significance of these trends and changes for community sustainability, quality of life and the environment. While both the UK and US are highly urbanised, rural people and communities continue to contribute to national identity, economic development and social solidarity, as well as to environmental quality. Contributors explore the degree to which rural people exhibit agency and autonomy, rather than being merely passive in the face of exogenous forces of change in a globalised world. They also illuminate very different policy approaches to rural policy in two advanced capitalist societies often thought to be similar, and show how fundamental differences in rural policy approaches of the US and the UK are based on different social ideologies and values that shape policies relating to rural areas. This book will help to stimulate transatlantic dialogue on rural scholarship and rural policy analysis, while also contributing to theory and policy development. It will be of interest to researchers, students and everyone involved in the policy and practice of rural development.

    Part 1: Introduction  1. Rural Transformations: Conceptual and Policy Issues  Sally Shortall and Mildred E. Warner  2. The Agency of Rural Research in Comparative Context  Philip Lowe  Part 2: Socio-Economic Change  3. Migration and Urban-Rural Population Redistribution in the UK and US  Tony Champion and David L. Brown  4. Demographic Ageing in Rural Areas: Insights from the UK and US  Lorna Philip, David Brown and Aileen Stockdale  5. Conceptualizing Contemporary Immigrant Integration in the Rural United States and United Kingdom  Philomena de Lima, Pilar A. Parra, and Max J. Pfeffer  6. Rural Poverty and Social Exclusion in the United States and the United Kingdom  Mark Shucksmith and Kai Schafft  7. Rural Economic Transformations in the UK and US  Jane Atterton, John Bryden and Tom Johnson  8. Entrepreneurial Behaviour Among Rural In-Migrants  Gary Bosworth and Nina Glasgow  9. Local Food Systems and Networks in the US and the UK: Community Development Considerations for Rural Areas  Clare Hinrichs and Liz Charles  Part 3: Governance  10. Policy Affecting Rural People, Economies and Communities  John Bryden and Mildred E. Warner  11. The Evolution of Agriculture and Agricultural Policy in the UK and USA  Kathryn Brasier, Jill Findeis, Carmen Hubbard, Lionel Hubbard and Rodrigo Salcedo DuBois  12. Agri-Environmental Policy, Rural Environments and Forks in the Road: A Comparative Analysis of the US and the UK  Clive Potter and Steven Wolf  13. Nature Conservation and Environmental Management: Working Landscapes in Adirondack Park, USA, and Cairngorms National Park, UK  Jo Vergunst, Charles Geisler and Richard Stedman  14. Regionalism and Rural Policy  Sally Hewitt and Nicola Thompson  15. Rural Governance: Participation, Power and Possibilities for Action  Megan Swindal and Ruth McAreavey  16. Constructing the Rural-Urban Interface: Place Still Matters in a Highly Mobile Society  Mark Shucksmith, David L. Brown and Jo Vergunst  Annex: The Statistical Measurement of Urban and Rural Residence in the UK and US  Tony Champion and David L. Brown


    Mark Shucksmith is Professor of Planning at Newcastle University. 

    David L. Brown is Professor and Chair of Development Sociology, Co-Director of the Community & Regional Development Institute, and Director of Graduate Studies in Demography at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

    Sally Shortall is a Reader in Sociology in Queen’s University Belfast.

    Jo Vergunst is a Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen.

    Mildred Warner is a Professor of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University.