Contesting Rurality: Politics in the British Countryside by Michael Woods

By Michael Woods

Rural concerns have won nationwide prominence in Britain in recent times. the way forward for searching, the Foot and Mouth outbreak, farm source of revenue and agricultural reform and housing improvement have all claimed political and media recognition, promoted by way of a vocal rural foyer and headline-grabbing protests and demonstrations. Combining distinctive empirical learn and case reviews with theoretically expert serious research, this e-book offers an outline of the modern politics of the British nation-state. It explores how and why rural matters have unexpectedly accomplished such political prominence, by way of interpreting the altering politics and governance of rural Britain from the neighborhood to the nationwide scale during the last century. It investigates the social, financial and institutional restructuring of rural groups and argues that we're witnessing now not rather a lot a rural politics, yet a 'politics of the agricultural' within which the definition and illustration of rurality itself has turn into the most important concentration of conflict.

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