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1st Edition

The Renaissance of Remote Places
MATILDE Manifesto

ISBN 9781032197111
Published June 13, 2022 by Routledge
156 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

With a particular attention to remote places and marginalised territories, this book provides a conceptualisation of the role of internal and international migration to the local development and resilience of the rural and mountain regions of Europe.

The book is a collective effort produced by the international and multi-disciplinary network of the Horizon 2020 project MATILDE. In declaring a public and trans-regional position – in the form of a Manifesto for the renaissance of remote places - the book contributes to a new narrative about migration and rural/mountain territories for the future of the entire continent. Mobilizing new data and scientific-based information, the book calls for putting remote regions and their inhabitants at the core of innovative policies at local, regional, national and EU levels.

An important resource for researchers, students and policymakers in human and population geography, rural studies, migration studies, social and political sciences.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

The renaissance of rural, mountainous and remote regions of Europe: a call for action.

Andrea Membretti, Thomas Dax, Anna Krasteva

Chapter 2: Ten Theses

Chapter 2.1 Thesis 1: Reframing Remote Places and Remoteness as a collective resource and value for Europe

Andrea Membretti, Thomas Dax, Ingrid Machold

Chapter 2.2 Thesis 2: Rural, mountain and remote regions should be treated as the core of Europe and the role of migration need to be considered for recovery and development

Susanne Stenbacka, Ulf Hansson

Chapter 2.3 Thesis 3: It is time for a new rural and mountain narrative

Thomas Dax, Cristina Dalla Torre, Ingrid Machold

Chapter 2.4 Thesis 4: International Migration to Rural and Mountain Areas is an important but neglected phenomenon

Ulf Hansson, Ingrid Machold, Thomas Dax, Per Olav Lund

Chapter 2.5 Thesis 5: Migration Impact Assessment as a powerful tool for evaluating the comprehensive effects of migration on local societies and economies

Birgit Aigner-Walder, Marika Gruber, Rahel Schomaker

Chapter 2.6 Thesis 6: Inclusion of migrants in rural and mountain territories is a multi-level and multidimensional process

Jussi P. Laine

Chapter 2.7 Thesis 7: International migration has to be considered as just one form among diverse mobilities

Tobias Weidinger, Stefan Kordel

Chapter 2.8 Thesis 8: Rural-Urban relationships are a fundamental asset in terms of policies aimed at the inclusion of remote places within a metro-montane framework

Ayhan Kaya, Anna Krasteva, Susanne Stenbacka

Chapter 2.9 Thesis 9: The social and economic development, attractiveness, and collective well-being of remote, rural and mountain regions closely depend on the foundational economy

Filippo Barbera, Maria Luisa Caputo, Simone Baglioni

Chapter 2.10 Thesis 10: The COVID-19 pandemic: threats and opportunities for remote, rural and mountain regions of Europe, and for their inhabitants

Marika Gruber, Nuria del Olmo-Vicén, Raúl Lardiés-Bosque

Chapter 3: Three comments to the Manifesto

Chapter 3.1 Clearing the ‘smoky skies’

Fabrizio Barca

Chapter 3.2 Tying Territory, Society and Transformation together: A Manifesto with an Integral Approach

Manfred Perlik

Chapter 3.3 The need for a less territorial, more people centred and relational approach

Annelies Zoomers


Chapter 4: Conclusion

Reconstruction of Remoteness as a New Centrality and Dialogical Co-Creation of Living Together

Anna Krasteva, Andrea Membretti, Thomas Dax

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Andrea Membretti is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pavia (Italy) and is currently Senior Researcher at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF).

Thomas Dax is Senior Researcher on Rural and Mountain Development Studies, Federal Institute of Agricultural Economics, Rural and Mountain Research, Vienna, Austria.

Anna Krasteva is Professor of Political Sciences, President of Policy and Citizens' Observatory, Doctor Honoris Causa of University of Lille, France.