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A Research Agenda for Global Rural Development

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A Research Agenda for Global Rural Development

9781788974189 Edward Elgar Publishing
Terry Marsden, Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University, UK, Claire Lamine, INRAE-Ecodéveloppement, France and Sergio Schneider, Department of Sociology and the Graduate Programs of Sociology and Rural Development, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78897 418 9 Extent: 256 pp
Setting out a new, path-breaking research agenda for global rural development, this timely book offers an innovative and embedded rural social science capable of both understanding and enacting progress towards diverse and sustainable pathways. It relocates rural development at the heart of global trends associated with widespread but uneven urbanization, climate change and severe resource depletion, rising population growth, density and inequality, and global political, economic and health crises.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

Setting out a new, path-breaking research agenda for global rural development, this timely book offers an innovative and embedded rural social science capable of both understanding and enacting progress towards diverse and sustainable pathways. It relocates rural development at the heart of global trends associated with widespread but uneven urbanization, climate change and severe resource depletion, rising population growth, density and inequality, and global political, economic and health crises.
 
Chapters collapse traditional binary notions of development as north–south, rural–urban, global–local and traditional–modern, embracing a revised conceptualization of uneven development as a process dependent upon multiple theoretical and conceptual frameworks. It offers potential routes for substantive, interlinked research agendas, including new ruralities, governance, land rights, agroecology, financialization power relations, family farming, and the role of markets.
 
Scholars of geography, planning, rural sociology and rural–urban studies looking for a broader understanding of the topic will find this book essential. It will also be beneficial for those engaged in rural development policy and practice.
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‘Rural spaces, while still under-threat, also represent sites of incredible experimentation, innovation and resistance. In an era of growing ecological and economic crisis, this book represents a much needed addition to the literature showing rurality as a site for contestation and socio-ecological redemption.’
– Michael Carolan, Colorado State University, US
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Contents: Introduction 1. New ruralities and centralities for rural development 2. Changing questions of governance: reflexive and disruptive governance in the Anthropocene 3. New power configurations and transformations 4. Financialization and nested vulnerabilities. The rise of fictitious capital in placing agrarian change 5. Re-claiming land: questions of land rights and the management of the biosphere 6. Agroecology: a new paradigm for rural development? 7. Family farming in changing agricultural social structures 8. The power of the new markets Conclusions References Index

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