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Stories from the Global Countryside

Rural Places and Planning provides a compact analysis for students and early-career practitioners of the critical connections between place capitals and the broader ideas and practices of planning, seeded within rural communities. It looks across twelve international cases, examining the values that guide the pursuit of the ‘good countryside’.

The book presents rural planning – rooted in imagination and reflecting key values – as being embedded in the life of particular places, dealing with critical challenges across housing, services, economy, natural systems, climate action and community wellbeing in ways that are integrated and recognise broader place-making needs. It introduces the breadth of the discipline, presenting examples of what planning means and what it can achieve in different rural places.

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) , whose corollary of the ‘good countryside’ is a rural place that is vulnerable to social exclusion because of restricted career opportunities, the closure of key services and gentrification arising from economic restructuring. While Bourdieu did not move beyond class struggles in his conceptualisation of capitals, social scientists have extended discussions of social class to embrace inequalities and power asymmetries that centre on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age and disability (physical/mental), while also seeking to spatialise such inequalities and view

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