Rural population geographies in the changing differentiated countryside

Authored by: Darren P. Smith , Martin Phillips , Chloe Kinton , Andreas Culora

The Routledge Companion to Rural Planning

Print publication date:  January  2019
Online publication date:  January  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138104051
eBook ISBN: 9781315102375
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This chapter provides a broad introduction to rural society and the forces of change. Beginning with the concept of the ‘differentiated countryside’, and drawing on the case of England and Wales in the UK, the chapter examines contemporary shifting social geographies and the challenges arising from this. Through mapping census data, the chapter provides an overview of these changes by focusing on employment, class, age and different family formations.

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