Comparing Rural Development: Continuity and Change in the Countryside of Western Europe

1st Edition

Arnar Árnason, Mark Shucksmith, Jo Vergunst

Routledge
Published October 28, 2016
Reference - 212 Pages
ISBN 9781138272538 - CAT# Y315186
Series: Perspectives on Rural Policy and Planning

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Summary

At a time when there is major reorientation of rural economies in Europe, and the emergence of new possibilities both for governance and for conflict, this book brings together a group of leading academics in the fields of geography, sociology and anthropology to examine how such changes are taking place in the west of Europe. It describes, analyses and theorises the role of networks and social capital in rural development in six countries: Finland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Scotland and Sweden, and addresses the tension between studying 'local' rural development and the 'globalized' nature of modern economies and societies. An approach to networks and social capital is used as a way of drawing attention to the non-economic dimensions of rural development and society. The book stresses that the links between society and economics are of key importance.

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