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Metropolitan Ruralities by Terry Marsden

During modernity metropolitan ruralities have been regarded as land reserves for urban expansion. However, there is a growing insight that there are limits to the urban expansion into rural areas. Signs of a new position are the awakened interest in the nature, the authentic and the simple way of living among an urban, academically educated middle class, an actual instance of which is the interest in local food but which also is manifested in rural gentrification. However, a more hardcore turn to nature is also discernible in the renewed interest for green lungs and for eco-services more broadly. In the future, local post-fossil energy may be a main concern regarding rural eco-services utilised by urban areas. We can here imagine flows and exchanges that may demand heavy societal regulation and thus be one of the main objects of future democracy. However, despite these developments urban (and rural) policy and planning is still tightly connected to the modern expansion of the urban into the rural. There are signs of new developments and paradigm shifts but these have to be strengthened to lay the ground for rural-urban resilience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785607974
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Publication date: 04/11/2016
Series: Research in Rural Sociology and Development , #23
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Edited by Kjell Andersson, Abo Akademi University, Vaasa, Finland
Stefan Sjoblom Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Leo Granberg, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Peter Ehrstrom, Abo Akademi University, Vaasa, Finland
Terry Marsden, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK

Table of Contents

List of Contributors xi

List of Appendices xiii

List of Figures xv

List of Tables xvii

Chapter 1 Introduction Kjell Andersson Stefan Sjöblom Leo Granberg Peter Ehrström Terry Marsden 1

Part I Urban Sprawl

Chapter 2 Neither Urban Nor Rural: Urban Growth, Economic Functions and the Use of Land in the Mediterranean Fringe Luca Salvati 19

Chapter 3 The Rural-Urban Dynamics and the Swedish-Speaking Finns. Challenges and Opportunities for a Regionally Based Ethnic Group Kjell Andersson Kenneth Nordberg Erland Eklund 39

Part II Rurbanisation

Chapter 4 Long Wave of Rural Research from Combating Poverty to Sustaining Ecosystems Leo Granberg 69

Chapter 5 Relations and Areas of Interaction between Landowners in a Peri-Urban Area Ann-Sofie Richardt 93

Chapter 6 Transformation and Survival Strategy - Rural Gentrification and Social Sustainability in Gentrified Metropolitan and Urban Ruralities, The Case Of Sundom, Vaasa, Finland Peter Ehrström 125

Part III Governance

Chapter 7 Envisioning Opportunities for Agriculture in Peri-Urban Areas Elke Rogge Eva Kerselaers Charlotte Prové 161

Chapter 8 Programme- and Project-Based Metropolitan Governance and Citizen Participation: A Case Study from the Helsinki Metropolitan Area Kanerva Kuokkanen 191

Chapter 9 The Prospects for Bridging Spatial and Institutional Divides within Regions: Rural-Urban Relationships in a Projectified Governance Context Stefan Sjöblom Kjell Andersson 215

Chapter 10 Regional Spatial Planning, Government and Governance as Recipe for Sustainable Development? Andrea Frank Terry Marsden 241

Part IV Metabolism

Chapter 11 Exploring Innovation and Sustainability in the Metropolitan Rural Areas of Budapest and Paris Bernadett Csurgó Imre Kovách Nicole Mathieu 275

Chapter 12 Urban Food Strategies. Exploring Definitions and Diffusion of European Cities' Latest Policy Trend Agnese Cretella 303

Chapter 13 Conclusion Kjell Andersson Stefan Sjöblom Leo Granberg Peter Ehrström Terry Marsden 325

About the Authors 331

Index 335

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Professor Sally Shortall

Metropolitan Ruralities explores many of the complex rural/ urban relationships of our time. While previously rural areas were seen as reserves for urban expansion, there is now finally recognition that such a path, if unabated, could threaten human existence. This volume coherently makes this argument. This excellent volume addresses some of the most critical questions about the rural/ urban nexus. It raises complex questions about governance, the consumption of the rural, and focuses on the important dimensions of social class, gender and global location. The important argument is made that the urban-rural fringe needs to be examined as a space in and for itself, rather than a space for something else, and this is an important contribution to current debates on spatial flows. The volume is coherently organised around the four themes of urban sprawl, urbanisation, governance and metabolism. It brings together leading scholars and it is a volume that will be valuable for academics and PhD researchers across the globe.

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