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Based on the EU-funded CORASON research project, this volume brings together and compares studies into rural and sustainable development processes in twelve European countries. In doing so, it identifies trends and reveals the changing nature of development processes on the way towards a knowledge society.
In particular, the book examines the differences between the preconditions and contexts relevant to rural development strategies and those relevant to sustainable development strategies. It argues that the concept, goals and nature of rural development is better understood and adopted by rural actors than those of sustainable development. Focusing on the ideas and practices of sustainable resource management, which is a component in both rural and sustainable development objectives, it links this with knowledge use by actors involved in rural development.
It finds that, in the process of transition towards sustainability, there is a move from institutional discourses on rural development to a more local, livelihood-oriented idea set.
Part 1 Diversification and Innovation in Rural Development: UK: sustainable livelihoods on the island of Skye, Hilary Talbot, Lorna Dargan and Mark Shucksmith; Sweden: the non-agricultural; rural economy as a component of rural sustainable development, Karl Bruckmeier and Christina Hoj Larsen; Poland: diversification and different contexts of knowledge - the case of Polish rural areas, Krystyna Dzwonkowska-Godula, Andrzej Pilichowski and Pawel Starosta; Czech Republic: regional disparities and their influence on sustainable rural development - a comparison of 2 different regions, Vera Majerova; Hungary: nature and culture - resource management and knowledge use in a Hungarian micro-region, Bernadett Csurgo, Imre Kovach and Boldizsar Megyesi; Italy: practical knowledge and institutional mediation in a controversial case of clam farming, Giogio Osti and Francesco Silvestri.;
Part 2 Environment and Sustainability in Rural development: Ireland: ecologizing rural Ireland? Conflicts and contradictions regarding knowledge for sustainable development, Hilary Tovey; Norway: interpretations of sustainability related to designated areas - a Norwegian example, Karoline Daugstad; Germany: nature conservation and bio-diversity in the Northeast, Rosemarie Siebert and Lutz Laschewski; Poland: designing nature and resource management strategies - cases from Poland, Krzysztof Gorlach, Tomasz Adamski and Marta Klekotko; Portugal: natural resources, sustainability and rural development, Isabel Rodrigo and Jose Ferragolo da Viega; Greece: knowledge forms and sustainable management of natural resources in Lake Plastiras, Charalambos Kasimis, Alex Koutsouris, Constantinos Liarikos and Apostolos G. Papadopoulos.;
Part 3 Comparison and Synthesis of CORASON Case Studies: Innovation in rural development and rural sustainable development, Hilary Tovey, Karl Bruckmeier and Robert Mooney; Conclusion;
Dr Karl Bruckmeier, School of Global Studies and Human Ecology, Goteborg University, Sweden and Dr Hilary Tovey, Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.