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Changing Villages, What About People?

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

In most countries in North-Western Europe approximately one-fifth of the population lives in rural areas. In middle income countries such as Turkey this is about one-third (data 2018: Eurostat, 2020). Most of these people live in smaller or larger villages. Since World War II, the inhabitants of villages in the developed world have been confronted with changes in the wider society. These wider societal changes had direct consequences for their geographical mobility (Sheller and Urry, 2006), their way of life as reflected in day path and life path (Hägerstrand, 1970), the character of their local residential environment, and their perspectives on education, jobs and income, health and life expectancy, local quality of life and resilience. Post-war rural change in North-Western Europe is traditionally characterised as a transition from a productivist, mainly agricultural, order towards a post-productivist, consumptive order (Marsden, 1998; Cloke and Goodwin, 1992; Holmes, 2002; Wilson, 2001). As a consequence villages experienced a transition from being relatively autonomous and mainly agriculture-oriented settlements that function at the local level, towards more or less residential villages within housing markets and catchment areas that function at a regional level (Thissen and Loopmans, 2013; Goodwin-Hawkins, 2015).
Journal: Journal of Rural Studies
ISSN: 0743-0167
Volume: 87
Pages: 423 - 430
Publication year:2021
Keywords:Geosciences & technology