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ERIC Number: EJ768403
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0743-0167
Constructing Ruralities: The Case of the Hobbitstee, Netherlands
Meijering, Louise; van Hoven, Bettina; Huigen, Paulus
Journal of Rural Studies, v23 n3 p357-366 Jul 2007
Rural intentional communities withdraw from mainstream urban space, rejecting its materialism and consumption. In creating their own places in the countryside, they produce new spaces of rurality. Constructions of rurality by intentional communities can be perceived as "out of place" by local populations. This article draws on a wider study on the life-course of intentional communities, i.e. processes of growth, persistence, transformation, decline, and disintegration. We focus on ruralities as social constructions, by discussing the example of the community of the Hobbitstee in its relation with its rural surroundings in the Netherlands. This is done through an analysis of the life course of the Hobbitstee since its establishment in 1969 onwards. The results show that relations between locals and community members are characterised by diversity and multiplicity. In general, their constructions of rurality gradually and partly developed from conflicting to converging.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands