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Remaking English ruralities

Sarah Neal and Julian Agyeman

in The new countryside?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9781861347961
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303916 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347961.003.0005
Remaking English ruralities

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This chapter argues that while the geographical space of the English countryside has been particularly filled with a sense of nation of an ‘old England’, it has also been a space which has always been fiercely contested. It uses the concept of ‘rural citizenship’ to examine the changing contours of the rural, as well as to map a racialised landscape where questions of legitimacy, inclusion, exclusion, and authenticity have been particularly struggled over. The chapter also uses the story of the Black Environment Network and empirical data from a recent research project to view what happens when certain claims to rural citizenship are made in multicultural Britain.

Keywords: English countryside; old England; rural citizenship; racialised landscape; Black Environment Network

Chapter.  10216 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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