Rural people and the land

Woods, Michael, Heley, Jesse, Richards, Carol, & Watkin, Suzie (2012) Rural people and the land. In Convery, Ian, Corsane, Gerard, & Davis, Peter (Eds.) Making Sense of Place : Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Boydell & Brewer Press, Woodbridge, UK, pp. 57-66.

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There is a long and fundamental connection between rural place and the land. Whereas land is simply the foundation for the construction of towns and cities, whose urban culture and economy thrives on human ingenuity and industry that may have little direct attachment to the physical ground over which it occurs, historical discourses of rurality place the land at the heart of the rural economy and society. Rural people, such discourses hold, live on the land, work the land, tend the land and know the land. The land formed not only the base of the rural economy (as ‘a physical, tangible resource which can be ploughed, sown, grazed, built upon’ (Macnaghten and Urry 1998, 200)), but also shaped rural culture and the rural calendar, and contributed to the constitution of the rural character (see Bell 1994). As such, the land is central to rural sense of place.

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Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 9781843837077
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Boydell & Brewer Press
Deposited On: 16 Mar 2014 23:18
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