This book draws upon selected, revised and edited papers from a conference of rural geographers from the UK, USA and Canada, held at the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter. It focuses on rural regions, which are facing conflicting demands, pressures and challenges, which themselves have far-reaching implications for rural space and society. Themes that occur throughout the book include agricultural change, environmental issues, rural communities, governance and globalization, and rural responses to these.
Rural Change and Sustainability: Key themes - A Gilg, S Essex and R Yarwood; Part 1: Agriculture Responses; Fordism rampant: the model and reality, as applied to production, processing and distribution in the North American agro-food system - M Troughton, University of Western Ontario, Canada; Feedlot Growth in Southern Alberta: A Neo-Fordist Interpretation - I MacLachlan, University of Lethbridge, Canada; People and Hogs: Agricultural Restructuring and the Contested Countryside in Agro-Manitoba - D Ramsey, J Everitt and L Behm, Brandon University, Canada; Global Markets, Local Foods: the paradoxes of aquaculture - J Marshall, McGill School of Environment, Canada; Alternative or conventional? An examination of specialist livestock production systems in the Scottish-English borders - B Bilbery and D Maye, Coventry University, UK; Agritourism: Selling traditions of local food production, family, and rural Americana to maintain family farming heritage - D Che, G Veeck, and A Veeck, Western Michigan University, USA; Re-imaging agriculture: making the case for farming at the agricultural show - L Holloway, University of Hull, UK; Part 2: Environmental Issues; Stewardship, 'Proper' Farming and Environmental Gain: Contrasting Experiences of Agri-Environmental Schemes in Canada and the EU - G M Robinson, Kingston University, UK; Stemming the urban tide: policy and attitudinal changes for saving the Canadian countryside - H J Gayler, Brock University, Canada; Vulnerability and Sustainability Concerns for the U.S. High Plains - L M Butler Harrington, Kansas State University, USA; Environmental Ghost Towns - C Mayla, Eastern Michigan University, USA; Part 3: Communities; Interpreting Family Farm Change and the Agricultural Importance of Rural Communities: Evidence from Ontario, Canada - J Smithers, University of Guelph, Canada; Engagement with the Land: Redemption of the Rural Residence Fantasy? - K V Cadieux, University of Toronto, Canada; Mammoth Cave National Park and Rural Economic Development - K Algeo, Western Kentucky University, USA; Assessing Variation in Rural America's Housing Stock: Case Studies from Growing and Declining Areas - H R Barcus, Morehead State University, USA; The Geography of Housing Needs of Low Income Persons in Rural Canada - D Bruce, Mount Allison University, Canada; Social Change in Rural North Carolina - O J Furuseth, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA; Part 4: Governance; Finding the 'Region' in Rural Regional Governance - A K Deakin, State University of New York Fredonia, USA; Corporate-community relations in the tourism sector: A stakeholder perspective - A M Gill and P W Williams, Simon Fraser University, Canada; Resource Town Transition: Debates After Closure - G Halseth, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada; Narratives of community-based resource management in the American West - R K Wilson, Gettysburg College, USA; Youth, Partnerships and Participation - C Corcoran, University of Birmingham, UK; Conclusion - J Smithers, University of Guelph, Canada and R Wilson, Gettysburg College, USA.