This volume takes a fresh anthropological look at a central but neglected topic: the profound changes in rural life throughout Western Europe today. As locals leave for jobs in cities, they are replaced by a variety of incomers including neo-hippies, lifestyle-seekers, eco-activists and rural labour migrants from beyond the EU. Contributors to this book examine the consequences of these major shifts in rural populations, and analyse the creation of new modes of living rurally and emerging forms of social organisation. As incomers' dreams come face to face with residents' realities, they detail the clashes, the misunderstandings and the forms of cooperation between groups of old and new residents.
The essays within this book provide detailed ethnographic examinations, drawn from areas in Ireland, France, Spain, the Basque Country and Italy, of the unexpected, myriad ways in which contemporary rural life is developing. The contributions critically investigate regionalists' politicisation of rural life, rurality and heritage, and discuss the ways locals take advantage of EU monies to prop up existing hierarchies, or to challenge them profoundly. By making us rethink 'the rural', they reconceptualise the encounter of the rural and the urban. Written by an international collection of well-established social anthropologists, the studies reveal the power of a 'bottom-up' approach. They expose the on-the-ground consequences of and reactions to grand EU-restructuring policies, which at times threaten to turn the countryside into a manicured playground for escapee urbanites.
As a novel, significant contribution to our understanding of rural lives in Western Europe today, this book will appeal to academics and students in anthropology, migrations studies, human geography and rural sociology.
|Publisher:||Manchester University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Jeremy MacClancy is Professor of Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University
Table of Contents
1. Alternative countrysides. Anthropology and rural West Europe today - Jeremy MacClancy
2. A 'private place'? Changing meanings of the countryside in northern Italy - Jaro Stacul
3. Community groups, local politicians and environmental development in County Donegal - Paul Collinson
4. Ethnic identity, power, compromise and territory : 'locals' and Moroccans in the Sainte Foy-Bordeaux vineyards - Chantal Crenn
5. The New Rural Residents: Emerging Sociabilities in Alava, Basque Country - Josextu Martinez
6. Farms, flats and villas: senses of country living in a Basque-speaking village - Kepa Fernandez de Larrinoa
7. The Recovery of Galician Pottery: Craft Professions, Cultural Policies, and Identity - Elena Freire Paz