The Sociology of Rural Life

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Berg, Jul 15, 2007 - Social Science - 188 pages
Foot and mouth disease and BSE have both had a devastating impact on rural society. Alongside these devastating developments, the rise of the organic food movement has helped to revitalize an already politicized rural population. From fox-hunting to farming, the vigour with which rural activities and living are defended overturns received notions of a sleepy and complacent countryside. Over the years "rural life" has been defined, redefined and eventually fallen out of fashion as a sociological concept--in contrast to urban studies, which has flourished. This much-needed reappraisal calls for its reinterpretation in light of the profound changes affecting the countryside. First providing an overview of rural sociology, Hillyard goes on to offer contemporary case studies that clearly demonstrate the need for a reinvigorated rural sociology. Tackling a range of contentious issues--from fox-hunting to organic farming--this book offers a new model for rural sociology and reassesses its role in contemporary society.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
232 the History of Rural Sociology
6
2 New Issues in Rural Sociology and Rural Studies
39
3 The 2001 Footandmouth Disease Epidemic in the UK
67
Rural Political Protest and the Mobilisation and Defence of Country Sports
86
5 Game Shooting in the United Kingdom
110
New Methods and Approaches
135
the Future of Rural Societies and Rural Sociology
152
Appendix
157
Notes
160
Glossary of Key Terms
167
References
173
Index
187
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Samantha Hillyard is Lecturer in Sociology at the Institute for the Study of Genetics, Biorisks and Society, The University of Nottingham.

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