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The Geography of Rural Change provides a thorough examination of the processes and outcomes of rural change as a result of a period of major restructuring in developed market economies. After outlining the main dimensions of rural change, the book progresses from a discussion of theoretical insights into rural restructuring to a consideration of both the extensive use of rural land and the changing nature of rural economy and society. The text places an emphasis on relevant principles, concepts and theories of rural change, and these are supported by extensive case study evidence drawn from different parts of the developed world.Key Features:- Provides a holistic insight into the varied outcomes of rural change- Takes an international perspective, using examples from the developed world including North America, Western Australia, Netherlands, Belgium and France- Emphasises both theoretical and empirical principles- Examines social, economic, political and environmental factors affecting rural change- Each chapter is written by internationally respected academics from the UK, USA and CanadaThe Geography of Rural Change is written for undergraduates taking courses in human geography, agricultural geography, rural geography, rural sociology, planning and agricultural economics.
Brian Ilbery is Professor of Geography in the Department of Geography at Coventry University, UK. He has written a number of books on human geography and researched various dimensions of rural and agricultural change.