Country Visions

Country Visions

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Country Visions is a highly readable, challenging and incisive collection of essays, exploring different ways of knowing rurality; of understanding the countryside. The essays suggest that we must go beyond cultural constructions of rural idyll and their accompanying political, cultural and theoretical orthodoxies, which risk both "purification" of transgressive presences and practices, and ignorance of significant agency and performance.It begs questions about how to read, analyse and write about the country; about how the countryside works for its actors; and how it might work better in the future.
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  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 157 x 235 x 17mm | 608g
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • Illustrated
  • Illustrated
  • 0130896012
  • 9780130896018
  • 2,148,130

Table of contents

List of contributors
Acknowledgements
1 KNOWING RURALITIES?
Paul Cloke
Moving beyond the rural idyll
The country and hybridity
Reading country visions
References
2 REPRODUCING RURAL IDYLLS
Michael Bunce
The rural idyll in the rise of urban-industrialism
Images of rural
Contemporary communication and reproduction of the rural idyll
Spaces of the rural idyll
Idylls and counter-idylls
References
3 THE RURAL GAZE
Simone Abram
The gaze
Separating the gaze
Rural, urban, suburban, subrural
Discussion
Notes
References
4 RURAL MAPPINGS
Catherine Brace
Introduction
Discovering the rural
Countryside and nationhood
Conclusion
Notes
References
5 DIFFERENT GENRES, DIFFERENT VISIONS? THE CHANGING COUNTRYSIDE IN POSTWAR BRITISH CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
John Horton
Introduction
1945-1969: `classic' representations of countryside
1970s: `politicised' representations of countryside
1980s: `reactionary' representations of countryside
1997-: `new' representations of countryside
Conclusions
Notes
References
6 THE VIEW FROM COBB GATE: FALLING INTO LIMINAL GEOGRAPHY
Mark Lawrence
Introduction: the background of the foreground
Moving targets: thinking about film and new visions of rurality
The persistence of pastoralism
The unfinished liminal experience of simulation
Conclusions
References
7 WORKING WITH CRABS
Deborah Dixon
The where of Eastern Carolina
Animating the landscape
Locating people in the seafood sector
Constructing and placing `labour'
Giving meaning to the working body
Conclusion
Acknowledgement
Notes
References
8 LANDSCAPE, PERFORMANCE AND DWELLING: A GLASTONBURY CASE STUDY
John Wylie
Introduction
Landscape and representation: metaphor and materiality
Landscape from image to dwelling
A Glastonbury case study
Conclusion
References
9 SPIRITUAL EMBODIMENT AND SACRED RURAL LANDSCAPES
Julian Holloway
Introduction
Representing the sacred rural
Embodying the sacred rural
Articulating a spiritual infralanguage
Conclusion
References
10 HOMOSEXUALS IN THE HEARTLAND: MALE SAME-SEX DESIRE IN THE RURAL UNITED STATES
David Bell
The homosexual rural
The rural homosexual
Conclusion
Acknowledgements
References
11 NEW COUNTRY VISIONS: ADVENTUROUS BODIES IN RURAL TOURISM
Carl Cater and Louise Smith
The increasing popularity of countryside adventures
Adventure and nature
Adventurous places
The `adventure capital of the world'
Inclusion and exclusion
Representations of Queenstown
Performing adventure
The place of a rural setting
New rural spaces?
References
12 PSYCHOGEOGRAPHIES OF RURAL SPACE AND PRACTICES OF EXCLUSION
David Sibley
Introduction
Splitting, psychotic anxieties and spatial defences
Defending rural space
Boundaries and boundary crossings
Exclusionary practice
Rural asylum and the rejection of difference
Conclusion
Notes
References
13 THE DEVIL OF SOCIAL CAPITAL: A DILEMMA OF AMERICAN RURAL SOCIOLOGY
Cynthia Anderson and Michael Bell
Introduction
A new academic star
Just what is `social capital'?
Outline of the critique of social capital
Why so many sociologists have embraced the concept
Can we save the concept as part of the rural agenda?
Conclusion
Notes
References
14 APPLYING THE RURAL: GOVERNANCE AND POLICY IN RURAL AREAS
Michael Woods and Mark Goodwin
Introduction
Understanding policy change: employing the concepts of governance and regulation in rural research
Analysing the `micro-circuits' of rural power
Conclusion
Notes
References
15 CO-CONSTRUCTING THE COUNTRYSIDE: HYBRID NETWORKS AND THE EXTENSIVE SELF
Jonathan Murdoch
Introducing hybridity
Hybrid events in the contemporary countryside
Theorising hybridity
Countryside networks
The multiple spaces of hybridity
Rethinking the `social': rural identities and hybrid networks
Conclusion: towards theoretical pluralism
References
16 `THE RESTRAINT OF BEASTS': RURALITY, ANIMALITY, ACTOR NETWORK THEORY AND DWELLING
Owain Jones
Introduction
Animality and rurality: cultural constructions and corporeal presences
Rural animal geographies
Animals and the actant network approach
Symmetry, extreme relationality and technology
Animals as `others': their enrolment, intentionality and resistance
`The restraint of beasts'
ANT and ethics: networks and spaces of (un)ethical practice
Conclusions: bitter and benign dwellings
Notes
References
17 STILL LIFE IN NEARLY PRESENT TIME: THE OBJECT OF NATURE
Nigel Thrift
Introduction
Becoming there
The go-faster world
Re-enchantment
Nature as background
`May I not be Separated from Thee'
But: `Step inside the great outdoors'
Conclusion
Acknowledgements
Notes
References
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