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Handbook of Rural Development

Edited by Gary Paul Green, Professor, Department of Community and Environmental Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, US
Although most countries in the world are rapidly urbanizing, the majority of the global population – particularly the poor – continue to live in rural areas. This Handbook rejects the popular notion that urbanization should be universally encouraged and presents clear evidence of the vital importance of rural people and places, particularly in terms of environmental conservation. Expert contributors from around the world explore how global trends, state policies and grassroots movements affect contemporary rural areas in both developed and developing countries.
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Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 978 1 78100 670 2
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Although most countries in the world are rapidly urbanizing, the majority of the global population – particularly the poor – continue to live in rural areas. This Handbook rejects the popular notion that urbanization should be universally encouraged and presents clear evidence of the vital importance of rural people and places, particularly in terms of environmental conservation. Expert contributors from around the world explore how global trends, state policies and grassroots movements affect contemporary rural areas in both developed and developing countries.

Rural development policies have historically focused primarily on increasing agricultural productivity, but this volume demonstrates the need for a much broader approach as rural producers become increasingly integrated into the global economy. Following a comprehensive discussion of rural development theory and policy, the contributors tackle a number of diverse topics, including resource dependence, migration, entrepreneurship and microfinance, tourism and gender issues. The book concludes with detailed explorations of rural development in different areas of the world, including Africa, China and Latin America.

Professors and students of development studies, agricultural economics, environmental studies and sociology will find this Handbook an indispensable resource, as will practitioners and policymakers working in rural areas around the world.
‘Rural development is a diverse field. This Handbook attempts to span this diversity by including chapters on both developing countries, rural development theories, public policies, and development tools, drawing on sociology, economics, and other disciplines. [The book] provides much valuable information on the context of rural development at the global, national, and local levels.’
– Journal of Regional Science

‘This comprehensive book deals with key issues of rural development. The authors address emergent issues of policy, structure and agency in complex and contrasting settings. Many of the chapters are written by scholars who are well-known in their areas of expertise, and younger scholars contribute in new areas of rural development concerns. The research and analysis presented makes clear that rural is more than agriculture, although in some regions it is still a driver. By looking at the twin issues of conservation and development in the context of complex social relations, this Handbook is a must for both scholars and practitioners of development. By including key articles that address emerging rural development issues in Latin America, Africa and Asia, the volume integrates global structures and local responses in a coherent and engaging manner.’
– Cornelia Flora, Iowa State University, US

‘This handbook provides a fresh and decidedly political perspective on rural development issues and policies in the 21st century. Scholars, students, practitioners and policymakers who are working on and in rural areas around the world will welcome this book as an essential resource.’
– Andreas Neef, Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture

‘This book should be recommended to everyone involved in rural policies today, and they should be invited to read the complementary references at the same time to clarify the grey areas, to re-establish and qualify the points of view presented in the study.’
– Review of Agricultural & Environmental Studies
Contributors: A. Bonanno, I. Carrillo, K.J. Curtis, M. Dougherty, S. Gasteyer, R. Goe, S. Goetz, S. Golding, G.P. Green, C. Herman, T.G. Johnson, D. Kraybill, L. Lobao, D. Marcouiller, A. Mukherjee, C. Sachs, J. Sharp, R. Stedman, E. da Via, L. Zhang, J.A. Zinda
Contents:

Preface

PART I: THEORY
1. Rural Development Theory
Gary Paul Green and John Aloysius Zinda

2. Globalization
Alessandro Bonanno

3. Rural Policy
Thomas G. Johnson

4. Grassroots Rural Development: Models of Development, Capacity and Leadership
Stephen Gasteyer and Cameron (Khalfani) Herman

PART II: THEMES
5. Resource Dependence and Rural Development
Richard C. Stedman

6. Migration and Rural Development: Resettlement, Remittances, and Amenities
Shaun A. Golding and Katherine J. Curtis

7. Agriculture and Rural Development
Linda Lobao and Jeff Sharp

8. Entrepreneurship
Stephan J. Goetz

9. The Rural Development Attributes of Tourism
David Marcouiller

10. Gender and Rural Development
Carolyn Sachs

11. The Successes and Challenges of Microfinance
Ian Carrillo

12. The Implications of Corn-Based Ethanol Production for Non-Metropolitan Development in the North Central Region of the US
W. Richard Goe and Anirban Mukherjee

PART III: REGIONAL
13. Land Grabbing in the Name of Development
Elisa da Vià

14. Rural Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
David Kraybill

15. Urbanization, Farm Dependence, and Population Change in China
Li Zhang

16. Work, Mobility, and Livelihoods in a Changing Rural Latin America
Michael L. Dougherty

Index