Activating the Countryside: Rural Power, the Power of the Rural and the Making of Rural Politics

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Title: Activating the Countryside: Rural Power, the Power of the Rural and the Making of Rural Politics
Author: Bell, Michael M.; Lloyd, Sarah E.; Vatovec, Christine
Abstract: Against the current moment of rural doubt, we argue that the material, symbolic and relational practices of the rural continue to be articulate aspects of our politics. We term the material practices 'rural power' and the symbolic practices 'the power of the rural'. The relational practices we term 'rural constituencies' when relations are bounded materially and 'constituencies of the rural' when they are bounded symbolically. We apply this framework to a critique of contemporary theory, especially mobilities research, which, we argue, typically speaks with a passive rural voice. We argue for recognising the active rural voice in the mobilisation and stabilisation of the rural.
URI: ./pubpdfs/Bell_2010_Sociologia Ruralis.pdf
http://hdl.handle.net/2051/16848
Date: 2010

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