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Critical Rural Theory Structure, Space, Culture

ISBN-10: 0739135600
ISBN-13: 9780739135600
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Description: Critical Rural Theory is an attempt to bring together the concepts of structure, space, and culture in order to explain the relationship between rural communities and urban society. The overarching theme revolves around the many ways-structural,  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/31/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Critical Rural Theory is an attempt to bring together the concepts of structure, space, and culture in order to explain the relationship between rural communities and urban society. The overarching theme revolves around the many ways-structural, spatial, and cultural-in which urban systems create and maintain a hegemonic relationship with rural areas and people. Central to this theme is the concept of urbanormativity: the cultural assumption of the dominance and superiority of urban communities and patterns of life. Urbanormativity is an outgrowth of the structural forces in an urban society that favor the interests of cities over those of the countryside, of a generally exploitative relationship between the two. The structure of a society is encoded in the settlement space, which in turn influences one's experience. The experience of social space produces cultural dynamics that are reproduced from generation to generation. These mechanisms are explored through popular culture, physical patterns of urban expansion, and historical patterns of social change.

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Introduction
What is Rural?
Structure
Rural Political Economy
Rural Space
Hartwick and the Social Structure
Space
Structuration in the Catskills
Space and Simulacra
Hartwick and Its Space
Culture
Rural Representations
Urbanormativity
The Culture of Hartwick
Structure, Space and Culture
Catskill Urbanization Scale
Comparing Downtowns
References
Index
About the Authors

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