304 pages, 20 b/w photos, illus, 20 line illus
This work examines the "other" side of the countryside, a place "also" inhabited (and visited) by women, children, teenagers, the elderly, gay men and lesbians, black and ethnic minorities, the unemployed and the poor. These groups have remained largely excluded by both rural policies and the representations of rural culture. The book charts the experiences of these marginalized groups and sets this exploration within the context of postmodern, poststructuralist, postcolonial and late feminist analysis. This theoretical framework reveals how notions of the rural have been created to reflect and reinforce divisions amongst those living in the countryside, another country far away from its idyllic image.
There is some interesting stuff happening in rural studies these days...and this book is an excellent illustration of that trend.
-"American Journal of Sociology
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