Post-carbon ruralities

Authored by: Martin Phillips , Jennifer Dickie

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 examines post-carbonism and post-carbon geographies as a framework to examine rural futures. While increasing research has emerged in recent years examining low-carbon transitions in rural contexts, the rural studies literature has, to date, been marked by a relatively limited engagement with climate change and energy, particularly in key rural texts. This chapter addresses this deficit through examining the potential impact on rural localities and communities of low-carbon transitions is considered alongside the capacity and willingness of rural communities to manage change. Key themes explored include the impact on rural mobilities and the significance of energy to contemporary rural life, including the consumption of energy and as a site for energy production and resistance to low-carbon transitions.

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