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By Jeremy MacClancy

This quantity takes a clean anthropological examine a crucial yet overlooked subject: the profound alterations in rural lifestyles all through Western Europe at the present time. As locals go away for jobs in towns, they're changed by means of various incomers together with neo-hippies, lifestyle-seekers, eco-activists and rural labour migrants from past the ecu. participants to this ebook learn the implications of those significant shifts in rural populations, and examine the construction of recent modes of residing rurally and rising kinds of social corporation. As incomers' goals come head to head with citizens' realities, they element the clashes, the misunderstandings and the kinds of cooperation among teams of outdated and new residents.

The essays inside of this publication offer targeted ethnographic examinations, drawn from parts in eire, France, Spain, the Basque nation and Italy, of the unforeseen, myriad ways that modern rural lifestyles is constructing. The contributions significantly examine regionalists' politicisation of rural lifestyles, rurality and history, and talk about the methods locals benefit from european monies to prop up current hierarchies, or to problem them profoundly. by way of making us reconsider 'the rural', they reconceptualise the come across of the agricultural and the city. Written via a world selection of well-established social anthropologists, the experiences demonstrate the ability of a 'bottom-up' process. They reveal the on-the-ground effects of and reactions to grand EU-restructuring rules, which from time to time threaten to show the nation-state right into a manicured playground for escapee urbanites.

As a unique, major contribution to our realizing of rural lives in Western Europe at the present time, this publication will entice lecturers and scholars in anthropology, migrations reports, human geography and rural sociology.

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