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Tracking Rural Change: Community, Policy and Technology in Australia, New Zealand and Europe

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A key, intensifying change affecting rural areas in the last few decades has been a decline in the proportion of national populations whose principal livelihood is farming. The corresponding re-distribution of population has typically resulted in a net population loss to rural areas, and diversification of rural activity. The corporatization and technological modification of food production has prompted new policy challenges, and has bound rural and urban populations together in new...[Show more]

dc.contributor.editorMerlan, Francesca
dc.contributor.editorRaftery, David
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:26:52Z
dc.identifier.isbn978-1-9215-3653-3
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/53934
dc.description.abstractA key, intensifying change affecting rural areas in the last few decades has been a decline in the proportion of national populations whose principal livelihood is farming. The corresponding re-distribution of population has typically resulted in a net population loss to rural areas, and diversification of rural activity. The corporatization and technological modification of food production has prompted new policy challenges, and has bound rural and urban populations together in new relationships articulated in moral discourses of custodianship, food safety, and sustainability. Contributors to this volume came together in the attempt to stimulate collective insight into trends of rural change in Australia, New Zealand and Europe. The first two countries have been characterised by avowedly `neoliberal’ rural policy – with considerable departures from it in practice; Europe, on the other hand, by a mix of policy measures which attempt to integrate land management and sustainability, diversification and maintenance of a competitive farming sector within an overarching policy framework more overtly, though only partially, oriented towards sustaining rural society. Aiming to build on research relating to the character of rural transitions, this volume offers substantive and critical contributions to the understanding of the sources of unpredictability, instability, and continuity, that underpin rural transition. The papers explore changes and continuities in policy, the governance of rural spaces, technological developments relating to rural areas and populations, and social forms of subjectivation and participation in increasingly diverse rural settings.
dc.format.extent1 vol.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherANU Press
dc.relation.isversionof1st Edition
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.titleTracking Rural Change: Community, Policy and Technology in Australia, New Zealand and Europe
dc.typeBook
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
dc.date.issued2009
local.identifier.absfor160104 - Social and Cultural Anthropology
local.identifier.ariespublicationu3923986xPUB287
local.publisher.urlhttp://press.anu.edu.au/
local.type.statusMetadata only
local.contributor.affiliationMerlan, Francesca, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationRaftery, David, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.identifier.doi10.22459/TRC.04.2009
dc.date.updated2015-12-09T09:35:30Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationCanberra, ACT, Australia
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access via publisher website
CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)

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