ERIC Number: EJ820587
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
A Play for Rurality--Modernization versus Local Autonomy
Cruickshank, Jorn A.
Journal of Rural Studies, v25 n1 p98-107 Jan 2009
It is common to understand the governing of rural space as the outcome of a conflict between some romantic protectors of a lost past on the one hand, and the people who worry about creating economic values on the other. However, the power to shape the rural should not only be searched for in the open struggle between protectors and developers, but also should be analysed at the level of discourse, in the play between discourses about how to deal with the rural. In this paper I therefore present a modernist discourse and demonstrate how taken-for-granted truths about the rural--its history, its present and its future--rare made possible by this discourse. Secondly, I will reveal how rurality takes on a different meaning in an alternative to the modernist discourse, emphasizing local and regional autonomy. In demonstrating that rurality is contingent upon a play between these two discourses, I want to provide some new insights into an important force behind the persistence of ideas about rurality in Norway.
Descriptors: Social Change, Foreign Countries, Rural Areas, Rural Development, Rural Sociology, Traditionalism, Cultural Maintenance, Postmodernism, Discourse Analysis, Debate, Participative Decision Making, Community Control, Empowerment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Norway