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The new countryside?

The new countryside?
Ethnicity, nation and exclusion in contemporary rural Britain

Sarah Neal, Julian Agyeman
Paperback, 272 pages, 234 x 156 mm
Other formats available
22 Mar 2006


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... a thorough, well assembled and absorbing volume ... This is a well-constructed edited collection that makes a valuable contribution to debates surrounding ethnicity and exclusion in rural Britain ... this book provides an excellent analysis of problems in contemporary rural Britain, and will be invaluable reading for anyone with an interest in these issues."
Cultural Geographies
"An excellent text which makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of racism and ethnicity in rural Britain. I shall be recommending the book to both undergraduate and postgraduate students."
Ian Law, Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, University of Leeds, UK

About This Book

This book explores issues of ethnicity, identity and racialised exclusion in rural Britain, in depth and for the first time. It questions what the countryside 'is', problematises who is seen as belonging to rural spaces, and argues for the recognition of a rural multiculture. The book brings together the latest and most extensive research findings to provide an authoritative account of current theory, policy and practice. Using interdisciplinary frameworks and new empirical data, the book provides a critical and comprehensive account of the shifting, contested connections between rurality, national identity and ethnicity; discusses the relationships between ethnicity, exclusion, policy, practice and research in a range of rural settings - from the experiences of gypsy traveller children in schools to attempts to encourage black and minority ethnic visitors to National Parks and contributes towards establishing the 'rural-ethnicity-nation' relationship as a key consideration on political and policy agendas. "The new countryside?" is essential reading for students, academics and researchers in a wide range of disciplines including: sociology; geography; social policy; and cultural, rural and environment studies. It will also be an invaluable resource for practitioners and policy makers across a wide range of sectors and services.

Author Biography

Sarah Neal is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University, UK. Julian Agyeman is Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University, US.


Introduction: Sarah Neal and Julian Agyeman
Part 1: Notions of nation and national contexts: 'It goes without saying (well, sometimes)': Racism, Whiteness and identity in Northern Ireland ~ Paul Connolly
Place matters: exploring the distinctiveness of racism in rural Wales ~ Vaughan Robinson and Hannah Gardner
'Let's keep our heads down and maybe the problem will go away': Experiences of rural minority ethnic households in Scotland ~ Philomena de Lima
Remaking English ruralities: Processes of belonging and becoming, continuity and change in racialised spaces ~ Sarah Neal and Julian Agyeman Part 11: Ethnicities, exclusions and disruptions: Village people: race, class, nation and the community spirit ~ Katharine Tyler
New countryside? New country: visible communities in the English national parks ~ Kye Askins
Visions of England: New Age Travellers and the idea of ethnicity ~ Kevin Hetherington
Issues of rurality and good practice: Gypsy Traveller pupils in schools ~ Kalwant Bhopal
Rethinking rural race equality: early interventions, continuities and changes ~ Perminder Dhillon
Afterword ~ Sarah Neal and Julian Agyeman.


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