The Rural Arena: The Diversity of Protest in Rural England

Reed, Matt ORCID: 0000-0003-1105-9625 (2008) The Rural Arena: The Diversity of Protest in Rural England. Journal of Rural Studies, 24 (2). pp. 209-218. doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2007.12.006

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In the past 15-20 years, the rural areas of England have been used by a wide diversity of groups as the stage for their protest activities. Some have argued that this is due the rise of a rural social movement; this paper contends that rural areas have become both available and advantageous as the locale of protest through a range of interlocking factors. Firstly, that the rise of the network society has repositioned the societal importance of rural areas. Secondly, that the governance of rural areas has changed, allowing the social stake of rurality to be more widely contested. Thirdly, that opportunities to protest have shifted in favour of rural spaces, in terms of technology and policing. Through a discussion of recent changes in rural England and three case studies, The Land is Ours, Farmers for Action and the Organic Food and Farming Movement, this paper examines these changes and what they mean for the future of rural England.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Author Keywords:social movements; rural protest; organic movement; England KeyWords Plus:MOVEMENT; POLITICS; ISSUE; POWER; FOOD
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2014 14:31
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 21:27

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