There has been a great deal of restructuring of rural places and communities under globalisation, highlighting the interaction of local and global actors to produce new hybrid socio-ecomic relations. Recent research highlights the heterogeneity of globalisation in which rural places are different to each other, but also different to how they were in the past. Bringing together an interdisciplinary team of academics, and comparative case studies from Europe (West and East) and Asia, this book explores and discusses opportunities and challenges associated with globalising rural places, and identifies possibilities for policy and practical intervention by rural development actors. Special attention is paid to multi-scalar processes through which rural places are reshaped through globalisation. Taking a geographical approach, the book produces new critical work on the interdependence between globalisation and rural spaces. It is organised into five sections: Part I focuses on 'Global-Rural Linkages' showing the multifaceted interrelation between actors at different geographical scale and demonstrating that globalisation is t only external to rural spaces. Part II on 'Rural Entrepreneurship and Labour Markets' explores the potential of business start-ups in rural spaces which are t only necessity driven. Part III 'Rural Invation and Learning' shows that rural places are also places for invation and learning. Part IV on 'Rural Policies and Governance' argues that regional policies for rural places should promote side activities to maintain social capital and that regional policy should take a more integrative perspective between urban and rural spaces in order to explore complementary development paths. The concluding chapter 'New Approaches to Rural Spaces' discusses new approaches to globalising rural places in relation to the preceding chapters published in this book.
Christine TamA!sy, University of Vechta, Germany, and Javier Revilla Diez, University of Hanover, Germany.
Javier Revilla Diez, Prof Dr. Christine Tamasy
Taylor & Francis Ltd
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Geography & Earth Science: Textbooks & Study Guides