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Rural Poverty: do we need a sociological perspective?

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Mark Shucksmith OBE



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Wiley and Sons Inc. , 2019.

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Rural poverty has received relatively little attention from scholars in Europe or the USA, often regarded as secondary to more visible urban poverty. Lately, however, rural disadvantage has received unexpected attention, if only for its perceived role in generating political upheaval (see Krugman, Hank or Guilluy, for example). Divergeneces between rural and metropolitan electoral results, support of populism in rural areas and even the rise of protest movements in the countryside have prompted a renewed interest in urban-rural disparities and rural feelings of inferiority and marginalisation. What can sociology tell us about rural poverty and disadvantage?

Publication metadata

Author(s): Bernard J, Contzen S, Decker A, Shucksmith M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Sociology Lens

Year: 2019

Print publication date: 26/11/2019

Online publication date: 26/11/2019

Acceptance date: 21/11/2019

Date deposited: 13/12/2019

Publisher: Wiley and Sons Inc.