Planetary Rural Geographies

Wang, Chi-Mao, Maye, Damian ORCID: 0000-0002-4459-6630 and Woods, Michael (2023) Planetary Rural Geographies. Dialogues in Human Geography. doi:10.1177/20438206231191731 (In Press)

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This paper proposes planetary rural geographies to counter the narrative of planetary urbanization, which has contended that the whole planet has been urbanized and can be understood through urban theory without an outside. While critics have challenged the metrophilia inherent to planetary urbanization, advanced post-colonial critiques, and posited alternative models of ruralization, we argue that these responses fall short of fully embracing the radical potential of a planetary perspective. We call for planetary rural geographies that examine rural places as sites of interaction between diverse more-than-human relations that extend above and below the Earth surface, and contend that the configuration of human-environment interactions at the ‘rural’ end of urban-rural relations is critical to addressing planetary crises. We elaborate this argument by focusing on three geographies of planetary rurality: as a space of crisis, as a space of conflict, and as a space of hope, evidenced by examples drawn from the global rural literature.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Planetary; Urbanization; Ruralization; Urban-rural relations; More-than-human relations
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human geography. Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Bee Ray-Smallcalder
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2023 11:53
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2023 14:03

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