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Cultural Sustainability in Rural Communities : Rethinking Australian Country Towns (Hardcover)

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This pathbreaking book reflects an expansion of interest in cultural approaches to rural communities and to the economic and social situation of rurality more broadly. This interest has been particularly prominent in Australia in recent years, spurring the emergence of an interdisciplinary field called ’rural cultural studies’. This collection is framed by a large interdisciplinary research project that is part of that emergence, particularly focused on what the idea of ’cultural sustainability’ might mean for understanding experiences of growth, decline, change and heritage in small Australian country towns. However, it extends beyond the initial parameters of that research, bringing together a range of senior and emerging Australian researchers who offer diverse approaches to rural culture. The essays collected here explore the diverse forms that rural cultural studies might take and how these intersect with approaches situated in disciplines with longer and denser histories of interest in the rural, including geography, history, literary studies and sociology. While the chapters in this book all focus on Australia, and it offers a uniquely diverse but also careful account of life in country Australia, in its emphasis on the simultaneous specificity and cross-cultural recognisability of rural communities it also outlines a field of inquiry and a set of critical strategies that are more broadly applicable to thinking about the ’rural’ in the early twenty-first century.
Number of Pages: 239
Genre: Social Science
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Catherine Driscoll
Language: English
Street Date: June 30, 2017
TCIN: 51934200
UPC: 9781472468642
Item Number (DPCI): 248-37-1723

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