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A fresh anthropological look at a central but neglected topic: the profound changes in rural life throughout Western Europe today. As locals leave for jobs in cities they are replaced by neo-hippies, lifestyle-seekers, eco-activists, and labour migrants from beyond the EU. With detailed ethnographic examples, contributors analyse new modes of living rurally and emerging forms of social organisation. As incomers’ dreams come up against residents’ realities, they detail the clashes and the cooperations between old and new residents. They make us rethink the rural/urban divide, investigate regionalists’ politicisation of rural life and heritage, and reveal how locals use EU monies to prop up or challenge existing hierarchies. They expose the consequences of and reactions to grand EU-restructuring policies, which at times threaten to turn the countryside into a manicured playground for escapee urbanites. This book will appeal to anyone seriously interested in the realities of rural life today.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-v
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vi
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  1. List of figures
  2. p. vii
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  1. List of contributors
  2. pp. viii-ix
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  1. 1. Alternative countrysides: anthropology and rural West Europe today
  2. Jeremy MacClancy
  3. pp. 1-28
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  1. 2. A ‘private place’? Changing meanings of the countryside in northern Italy
  2. Jaro Stacul
  3. pp. 29-45
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  1. 3. Environmental attitudes, community development, and local politics in Ireland
  2. Paul Collinson
  3. pp. 46-60
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  1. 4. Ethnic identity, power, compromise, and territory: ‘locals’ and ‘Moroccans’ in the Sainte-Foy-Bordeaux vineyards
  2. Chantal Crenn
  3. pp. 61-81
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  1. 5. The new rural residents: emerging sociabilities in Alava, Basque Country
  2. Josetxu Martínez Montoya
  3. pp. 82-94
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  1. 6. Farms, flats, and villas: senses of country living in a Basque-speaking village
  2. Kepa Fernández de Larrinoa
  3. pp. 95-118
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  1. 7. The recuperation of Galician pottery
  2. Elena Freire Paz
  3. pp. 119-142
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  1. 8. Fear and loving in the west of Ireland: the blows of County Clare
  2. Jeremy MacClancy
  3. pp. 143-168
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780719098512
MARC Record
OCLC
979230313
Pages
184
Launched on MUSE
2017-03-28
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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