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Handbook of Rural Studies

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January 2006 | 528 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`This book raises the theoretical level of rural studies to new heights…the Handbook of Rural Studies will likely become a key resource on the bookshelves of the next generation of graduate students...' - Gary Paul Green, University of Wisconsin-Madison

`This Handbook powerfully demonstrates that rural spaces, rural societies and rural natures are at the very forefront of critical social science endeavour. Read this book, become a rural social scientist' - Henry Buller, University of Exeter

`An outstandingly comprehensive review of theory, research and the study of rural questions…an essential reference for students, scholars, politicians, developers and rural activists' - Imre Kovach, Institute for Political Sciences, Budapest

`This collection is an essential addition to any rural scholar's library and will be a critical resource for both established rural scholars and rising graduate students interested in rural research topics' - Peter B Nelson, Middlebury College

`The Handbook of Rural Studies is a tour de force on changing rural people and places in a rapidly urbanizing global economy -- the most comprehensive interdisciplinary treatment of "rural" available anywhere. This is absolutely must reading for social scientists concerned about finding a prominent place for "rural" in scholarly discourse, institutional analysis, and public policy debates on the political economy of space' - Daniel T Lichter, Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University

The Handbook represents the vitality and theoretical innovation at work in rural studies. It shows how political economy and the 'cultural turn' have led to very significant new thinking in the cultural representations of: rurality; nature; sustainability; new economies; power and rurality; new consumerism; and exclusion and rurality.

It is organized in three sections: approaches to rural studies; rural research: key theoretical co-ordinates and new rural relations.

In a rich and textured discussion, the Handbook of Rural Studies explains the key moments in which the theorization of culture, nature, politics, agency, and space in rural contexts have transmitted ideas back into wider social science.

 
PART ONE: APPROACHES TO RURAL STUDIES
Terry Marsden
Pathways in the Sociology of Rural Knowledge
Paul Cloke
Conceptualizing Rurality
Stewart Lockie, Geoffrey Lawrence and Lynda Cheshire
Reconfiguring Rural Resource Governance
The Legacy of Neo-Liberalism in Australia  
Keith Halfacree
Rural Space
Constructing a Three-Fold Architecture  
Ruth Panelli
Rural Society
Matteo B Marini and Patrick H Mooney
Rural Economies
Mark B Lapping
Rural Policy and Planning
 
PART TWO: RURAL RESEARCH: KEY THEORETICAL COORDINATES
A Cultural Representation  
E Melanie DuPuis
Landscapes of Desires?
Brian Short
Idyllic Ruralities
David Bell
Variations on the Rural Idyll
03S NatureNoel Castree and Bruce Braun
Constructing Rural Natures
Jonathan Murdoch
Networking Rurality
Emergent Complexity in the Countryside  
Owain Jones
Non-Human Rural Studies
Sustainability  
Terry Marsden
The Road Towards Sustainable Rural Development
Issues of Theory, Policy and Practice in a European Context  
Frederick H Buttel
Sustaining the Unsustainable
Agro-Food Systems and Environment in the Modern World  
Paul Milbourne, Lawrence Kitchen and Kieron Stanley
Social Forestry
Exploring the Social Contexts of Forests and Forestry in Rural Areas  
New Economies  
Harvey C Perkins
Commodification
Re-Resourcing Rural Areas  
Jan Douwe van der Ploeg
Agricultural Production in Crisis
Christopher Ray
Neo-Endogenous Rural Development in the EU
Power  
Thomas A Lyson
Global Capital and the Transformation of Rural Communities
Mark Goodwin
Regulating Rurality? Rural Studies and the Regulation Approach
Alessandro Bonanno
The State and Rural Polity
New Consumerism  
Sonya Salamon
The Rural Household as a Consumption Site
Mara Miele
Consumption Culture
The Case of Food  
David Crouch
Tourism, Consumption and Rurality
Identity  
Jo Little
Gender and Sexuality in Rural Communities
Paul Cloke
Rurality and Racialized Others
Out of Place in the Countryside  
A I (Lex) Chalmers and Alun E Joseph
Rural Change and the Production of Otherness
The Elderly in New Zealand  
Exclusion  
David Sibley
Inclusions/Exclusions in Rural Space
Ann R Tickamyer
Rural Poverty
Paul Milbourne
Rural Housing and Homelessness
 
PART THREE: NEW RURAL RELATIONS
Paul Cloke
Rurality and Otherness
Michael Woods
Political Articulation
The Modalities of New Critical Politics of Rural Citizenship  
Eduardo Sevilla Guzmán and Joan Martinez-Alier
New Rural Social Movements and Agroecology
Tim Edensor
Performing Rurality

"This book captures the vitality and theoretical innovation at work in the field. It explains new 'theorizations' of rural life, landscape, and work and leisure over the last 10 years. The three main sections are devoted to: key approaches to the sociology of rural knowledge, spatial, social, economic, resources, planning, key theoretical coordinates in survey of the state of the area, and 'new ruralities,' new formulations of rural citizenship and social movements."

APADE
Indiana University

“The
Handbook of Rural Studies
attempts to
address that question by bringing together scholars from both sides of the Atlantic to consider key approaches, theoretical
developments, and contemporary conditions in rural communities. The editors contend
there is revival afoot, and their aim is to convey what they see as new
intellectual excitement and heightened relevance of rural studies. The 35
diverse essays include work by scholars trained in sociology, geography,
planning, economics, psychology, tourism management, and development. One of
the clear strengths of the book is its broad, even eclectic, approach. The
stronger chapters include well-written, thoughtful introductory road maps to
their argument, review the relevant literature to date, and assess what it adds
up to for the field or a particular subfield. These authors bring a rural lens
to key contemporary concerns about issues such as racial, gender, and class
inequality, politics, environmental degradation, and new community and regional
development efforts.”

Chris R. Colocousis and Cynthia M. Duncan
Carsey Institute and University of New Hampshire
Journal of Regional Science

"SAGE Handbooks set a standard amongst compendia for fields within the social sciences...The book is well produced and includes an excellent index..one that will prove useful to graduate students..."

Paul B. Thompson
Michigan State University
Agriculture and Human Values

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