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The Rural and Peripheral in Regional Development

An Alternative Perspective, 1st Edition

By Peter de Souza


268 pages

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The countryside has often been marginalised in discussions of economic and societal development, in favour of the urban. This book aims to stimulate a debate and a re-evaluation of how the concepts of the rural, peripheral and marginal are treated in academia and policy.

Approaching this theme from geographic, demographic and economic perspectives, Peter de Souza makes a compelling case for giving the periphery a prominent role as an integral part of a holistic and balanced society. The book carefully deconstructs the concept of the urban, and critiques the idea of urban-rural or centre-periphery comparisons, and presents an alternative approach to spark future discussions.

The Rural and Peripheral in Regional Development will be of interest to those studying and researching in the areas of rural economics, sustainability and development, as well as those involved in rural policymaking.

Table of Contents

Preface 1 What is this all about? Introductory positioning, 2 The periphery, the marginal and the rural: conceptual discussion, 3 Theory: limits and potentials, 4 Measure what, with what and what does it represent?, 5 The urban deconstructed, 6 Geographic and demographic structures and processes, 7 Extended definitions: an alternative way to re-analyse, 8 Peripheral economics: some alternative approaches, 9 Economic structures and structural changes, 10 Policy frameworks

About the Author

Peter de Souza is a Doctor of Economics and Associate Professor at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. He has also worked at the universities of Göteborg, Uppsala and Örebro in Sweden, and has worked extensively as a consultant on regional and local development issues. A former member of the International Board of Regional Studies Association and Chairman of its Nordic Section, he is author of Territorial Production Complexes in the Soviet Union (1989) and co-editor of Towards New Nordic Regions (2008) and Regional Development in Northern Europe (2012).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development