Beyond the Rural Urban Divide: Cross-continental Perspectives on the Differentiated Countryside and Its Regulation Vol: 14

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11 Feb 2009
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
360 pages - 152 x 229 x 30mm
Research in Rural Sociology and Development


The rural-urban dichotomy is one of the most influential figures of thought in history, laying the foundation for academic disciplines such as rural and urban sociology. The dichotomy rests on the assumption that rural and urban areas differ fundamentally. By the mid-twentieth century, scholars had observed that many rural areas displayed a blend of rural and urban features. Since then, counter urbanisation, urban sprawl and ever-increasing flows of people, goods and ideas between rural and urban areas have blurred the distinctions even further. Attempts to create new rural-urban classification systems, whether based on factors such as population size, density or distances, have largely failed. Clearly, new classification systems must use the meaning of observed changes in rural-urban systems as their point of departure rather than simple measurements of these changes. These meanings can, despite the interdependencies of our global world, be explored only in their political, cultural and economic settings.
List of Contributors. Introduction: Beyond the rural–urban divide. Chapter 1 The emerging shortage of labour in forestry in a remote coniferous region: A brake on the massive use of biofuels. Chapter 2 From suburbia to rural backwater: Exurban rural development in Germany. Chapter 3 Why did Russia fail in its agricultural reform? A comparative analysis of property rights in Russia and the Baltic countries. Chapter 4 The future of rural communities in Bulgaria. Chapter 5 Perceptions of agriculture's multifunctional role among rural Pennsylvanians. Chapter 6 Understanding the sociocultural processes that contribute to diversity and conformity among farmers in Australia, Finland and The Netherlands. Chapter 7 Rural–urban relations in livelihoods, governance and use of natural resources – Considerations of fisheries in the Finnish Archipelago Sea Region. Chapter 8 Regimes and vital coalitions in rural–urban regions in the Netherlands. Chapter 9 Overcoming jurisdictional boundaries through stakeholder engagement and collaborative governance: Lessons learned from white-tailed deer management in the U.S.. Chapter 10 Managing spatial change in the rural–urban fringe: The role of active citizenship and civil society in the Republic of Ireland. Chapter 11 Challenges of governance and land management on the exurban/wilderness frontier in the USA. Chapter 12 Knowledge integration and power relations: Pathways to sustainability in Madrid. Chapter 13 Finnish and Hungarian joint initiative in and for the Information Society: On the pleasure and pain of mediating in cyberspace. Research in rural sociology and development. Beyond the Rural–Urban Divide: Cross-Continental Perspectives on the Differentiated Countryside and its Regulation. Copyright page. Part I Differentiation processes: Deep rural areas, periurban areas, post-socialist countrysides. Part II Governing differentiation.

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