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Handbook of Rural Studies by Paul J. Cloke


Handbook of Rural Studies by Paul J. Cloke

`This book raises the theoretical level of rural studies to new heights...the Handbook of Rural Studies will likely become a key resource on the bookshelves of the next generation of graduate students...' - Gary Paul Green, University of Wisconsin-Madison `This Handbook powerfully demonstrates that rural spaces, rural societies and rural natures are at the very forefront of critical social science endeavour. Read this book, become a rural social scientist' - Henry Buller, University of Exeter `An outstandingly comprehensive review of theory, research and the study of rural essential reference for students, scholars, politicians, developers and rural activists' - Imre Kovach, Institute for Political Sciences, Budapest `This collection is an essential addition to any rural scholar's library and will be a critical resource for both established rural scholars and rising graduate students interested in rural research topics' - Peter B Nelson, Middlebury College `The Handbook of Rural Studies is a tour de force on changing rural people and places in a rapidly urbanizing global economy -- the most comprehensive interdisciplinary treatment of rural available anywhere. This is absolutely must reading for social scientists concerned about finding a prominent place for rural in scholarly discourse, institutional analysis, and public policy debates on the political economy of space' - Daniel T Lichter, Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University The Handbook represents the vitality and theoretical innovation at work in rural studies. It shows how political economy and the 'cultural turn' have led to very significant new thinking in the cultural representations of: rurality; nature; sustainability; new economies; power and rurality; new consumerism; and exclusion and rurality. It is organized in three sections: approaches to rural studies; rural research: key theoretical co-ordinates and new rural relations. In a rich and textured discussion, the Handbook of Rural Studies explains the key moments in which the theorization of culture, nature, politics, agency, and space in rural contexts have transmitted ideas back into wider social science.


SAGE Handbooks set a standard amongst compendia for fields within the social sciences...The book is well produced and includes an excellent that will prove useful to graduate students... -- Paul B. Thompson * Agriculture and Human Values * The Handbook of Rural Studies attempts to address that question by bringing together scholars from both sides of the Atlantic to consider key approaches, theoretical developments, and contemporary conditions in rural communities. The editors contend there is revival afoot, and their aim is to convey what they see as new intellectual excitement and heightened relevance of rural studies. The 35 diverse essays include work by scholars trained in sociology, geography, planning, economics, psychology, tourism management, and development. One of the clear strengths of the book is its broad, even eclectic, approach. The stronger chapters include well-written, thoughtful introductory road maps to their argument, review the relevant literature to date, and assess what it adds up to for the field or a particular subfield. These authors bring a rural lens to key contemporary concerns about issues such as racial, gender, and class inequality, politics, environmental degradation, and new community and regional development efforts. -- Chris R. Colocousis and Cynthia M. Duncan * Journal of Regional Science * This book captures the vitality and theoretical innovation at work in the field. It explains new 'theorizations
of rural life, landscape, and work and leisure over the last 10 years. The three main sections are devoted to: key approaches to the sociology of rural knowledge

, spatial, social, economic, resources, planning, key theoretical coordinates in survey of the state of the area, and 'new ruralities,
new formulations of rural citizenship and social movements.


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Publication date

5th January 2006


Paul J. Cloke

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SAGE Publications Inc


528 pages


Regional geography
Human geography
Rural communities



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