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From fox-hunting to farming, the vigor with which rural activities and living are defended overturns received notions of a sleepy and complacent countryside. Alongside these developments, the rise of the organic food movement has helped to revitalize an already politicized rural population. Over the years 'rural life' has been defined, redefined and eventually fallen out of fashion as a sociological concept - in contrast to urban studies, which has flourished. This much-needed reappraisal calls for its reinterpretation in light of the profound changes affecting the countryside. First providing an overview of rural sociology, Hillyard goes on to offer contemporary case studies that clearly demonstrate the need for a reinvigorated rural sociology. Tackling a range of contentious issues, this book offers a new model for rural sociology and reassesses its role in contemporary society. A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via the OAPEN Library platform, www.oapen.org

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781845201395
ISBN-10: 1845201396
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 12mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Samantha Hillyard

Sam Hillyard is Lecturer in Sociology, School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University.