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Writing the Rural: Five Cultural Geographies
     

Writing the Rural: Five Cultural Geographies

by Paul J Cloke
 

This book arises out of an ESRC project devoted to an examination of the economic, social and cultural impacts of the 'service class' on rural areas. The research was an attempt to document these impacts through close empirical work in a set of three rural communities, but something happened on the way. The authors found that the 'rural' became a real sticking

Overview

This book arises out of an ESRC project devoted to an examination of the economic, social and cultural impacts of the 'service class' on rural areas. The research was an attempt to document these impacts through close empirical work in a set of three rural communities, but something happened on the way. The authors found that the 'rural' became a real sticking point. Respondents used it in different ways - as a bludgeon, as a badge, as a barometer - to signify many different things - security, identity, community, domesticity, gender, sexuality, ethnicity - nearly always by drawing on many different sources - the media, the landscape, friends and kin, animals. It became abundantly clear that the 'rural', whatever chameleon form it took, was a prime and deeply felt determinant of the actions of many respondents. Yet it was also clear that to the authors they possessed no theoretical framework that could allow them to negotiate the 'rural' to deconstruct its diverse nature as a category. Rather each of the extended essays in the book is an attempt by each author to draw out one aspect of the 'rural' by drawing on different traditions in social and cultural theory.

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From the Publisher
'Writing the Rural breaks new ground in the study of rural spaces and cultures' - Planning Practice and Research

'This is a significant book, one marking a 'cultural turn' in the subdiscipline of rural geography which echoes similar turns being made elsewhere in and beyond human geography' - Environment and Planning

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853961977
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
07/28/1994
Series:
Urban Studies
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

Nigel Thrift is Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Bristol. He has co-edited and co-authored numerous books; most recently Writing the Rural: Five Cultural Geographies and Globalisation, Institutions and Regional Development in Europe. Thrift has three co-edited or co-authored books in press The City of London and Social Power in Modern Britain; Diffusing Geography: Essays for Peter Hagget; and Mapping the Subject.

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