Contemporary Rural Geographies: Land, Property, and Resources in Britain : Essays in Honour of Richard Munton

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Hugh D. Clout
Routledge, 2007 - Political Science - 207 pages
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This book provides a cohesive set of research statements on critical related issues in British rural geography, as well as echoing the priorities identified by an influential figure in British rural geography, Richard Munton. This book demonstrates that the rural world needs to be seen in a far wider perspective than that of agriculture/ food production, in order to comprehend how resources are being appraised and exploited in new ways, and to respond to the pressing challenges of sustainability for the decades ahead.

Chapters adopt a time perspective to explore a series of key themes:

  • the rise of productivist farming
  • ways of conceptualising agricultural change
  • the evolution of landownership and property rights
  • rural and urban agendas for nature conservation
  • the gap between policy and action for sustainable development.

The final set of chapters is devoted to policy-related issues associated with agricultural change and the profound challenge of rural diversification for the future. The last chapter traces the prominent career of Richard Munton.

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About the author (2007)

Hugh Clout is Emeritus professor of Geography at University College London where he introduced the teaching of rural geography in the late 1960s. His pioneering textbook, Rural Geography (Pergamon), appeared in 1972. Research interests include the geography of France, past and present, the historical geography of London, and the historiography of academic geography.

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