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Rural Wales in the Twenty-First Century

Society, Economy and Environment

Rural Wales in the Twenty-First Century explores the ever-changing geographies in rural Wales today. Written by experts in human geography and sociology, the essays analyze the ways in which the contemporary geographies of rural Wales are bound up with rather complex connections between society, culture, economy, and environment. Among the numerous topics discussed are rural demographics, the cultural impacts of immigration, labor markets, food and farming, and environmental sustainability. The book uses these accounts to provide a broader critique of rural geography and rural studies in the United Kingdom and other developed countries.

352 pages | 16 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2011


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“This book provides the most complete survey to date of the dynamic rural geographies of rural Wales, written by Wales’s leading observers of countryside change. In so doing, the book makes a highly significant contribution to the canon of rural geography literature, and deserves to be read by researchers and educators across the world.”

Paul Clarke, University Exeter

“The team of contributors assembled by the editor, Paul Milbourne, is first-rate and comprises researchers who have achieved national and international reputation through their work on rural areas and rural Wales in particular. This book will undoubtedly impact the current debate on the conditions and future of rural areas not only in Wales and the UK but also elsewhere in the developed world. Written in an accessible manner, this edited volume will appeal to a broad audience of students and scholars in geography, sociology, and rural studies.”

Alessandro Bonanno, Sam Houston State University

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

1. Introducing the Geographies of Rural Wales
      Paul Milbourne
Part 1: Society and Community
2. The Englishing of Rural Wales? Migration, Conflict and Integration in Community Life
      Graham Day
3. The Social and Cultural Impacts of English Migration to Rural Wales
      Paul Milbourne
4. ‘Alternative’ Communities in Rural Wales
      Keith Halfacree
5. Community Action in Rural Wales
      Graham Gardner
Part 2: Economy and Employment
6. Poles Apart? Migrant Workers in Rural Wales
      Michael Woods
7. Exploring Rural Labour Market Relationships: the Persistence of the Low-Skills Economy in Rural Areas of Wales
      Lawrence Kitchen and Terry Marsden
8. Market Towns in Rural Wales: a Differentiated Geography
      Michael Woods
9. A Regional Response to a Global Issue: the Eco-economy and Sustainable Development in Rural Wales
      Lawrence Kitchen
Part 3: Farming and Food
10. Farming and Agri-food in Wales: the New Agenda
      Terry Marsden
11. Foodscapes and Landscapes: the Gastro-geographies of Wales
      Kevin Morgan
Part 4: Welfare and Services
12. Deep Rural Communities: Exploring Service Provision in Rural Wales
      Kate Moles and Jonathan Radcliffe
13. Poverty in Rural Wales: Material Hardship and Social Inclusion
      Paul Milbourne
Part 5: Environment
14. Environmental Sustainability of, by and for Rural Wales
      Richard Cowell
15. Forestry and the Challenge of Post-industrial Transformation: a Study of the Mid Wales Uplands
      Nerys Owens
16. Conclusion: Continuity and Change in Rural Wales
      Paul Milbourne


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