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Writing the Rural: Five Cultural Geographies

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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, ...
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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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'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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853961977
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/28/1994
  • 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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Table of Contents

Introduction - Paul Cloke and Nigel Thrift
Refiguring the 'Rural'
Doing the English Village, 1945-90 - David Matless
An Essay in Imaginative Geography
Habermas, Rural Studies and Critical Social Theory - Martin Phillips
Something Resists - Marcus Doel
Reading-Deconstruction as Ontological Infestation (Departures from the Texts of Jacques Derrida)
(En)culturing Political Economy - Paul Cloke
A Life in the Day of a 'Rural Geographer'
Inhuman Geographies - Nigel Thrift
Landscapes of Speed, Light and Power
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