Sustainability and Change in Rural Australia

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Chris Cocklin, Jacqui Dibden
UNSW Press, 2005 - History - 298 pages
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By addressing themes such as social and economic change, government policy and gender relations, this volume tackles the thematic complexities of sustainability. At the heart of this discussion lies a desire to understand how small rural communities have survived in the past; how they are shaped by environmental, economic and social factors at present; and how these factors will impact on their survival in the future.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
SUSTAINABILITY IN CONTEXT
19
Rural sustainability in historical perspective
38
The state of rural populations
56
The changing social framework
80
ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY RURAL AUSTRALIA
103
The changing economics of rural communities
121
Gender perspectives in Australian rural community life
139
Social exclusion in rural Australia
157
Natural capital and the sustainability of rural communities
171
RESPONDING TO THE CHALLENGES
193
Community development
212
Challenges for individual and collective action
230
Conclusion
247
Index
282
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