The Differentiated Countryside

by Philip Lowe, Terry Marsden and, Jonathan Murdoch, Neil Ward

Series: Routledge Studies in Human Geography

In the wake of BSE, the threat to ban fox hunting and Foot and Mouth disease, the English countryside appears to be in turmoil. Long-standing uses of rural space are in crisis and, unsurprisingly, political processes in rural areas are marked by conflicts between groups, such as farmers, environmentalists, developers and local residents.
Using an innovative theoretical approach based on 'networks of conventions', this book investigates the 'regionalisation' of the English countryside through a series of case-studies. These studies are based on a set of 'ideal types': 'the preserved' countryside, where environmental pressures are strongly expressed; the 'contested' countryside, where development processes are shaped by disputes between agrarian and environmental interests; and the 'paternalistic' countryside, where large landowners continue to oversee patterns of land development. It looks in detail at landowners, residents, politicians, planners, farmers, and environmentalists and shows how these groups compete.
The Differentiated Countryside argues that the countryside is increasingly governed by regional policies. It becomes hard to discern a single English countryside; we see the emergence of multiple countrysides, places where diverse modes of identity are expressed and differing forms of development take place. Such diversity, it is argued, now lies at the heart of rural England.

  • Taylor and Francis; January 2003
  • ISBN: 9781135358143
  • Edition: 1
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  • Title: The Differentiated Countryside
  • Series: Routledge Studies in Human Geography
  • Author: Philip Lowe; Terry Marsden and; Jonathan Murdoch; Neil Ward
  • Imprint: Routledge

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'A useful reference book for researchers in related fields.' - Geography


About The Author

Jonathan Murdoch is Professor of Environmental Planning in the Department of City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University.
Philip Lowe is the Duke of Northumberland Professor of Rural Economy in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Food Marketing at the University of Newcastle.
Neil Ward is Professor of Rural Policy in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds.
Terry Marsden is Professor and Head of Department in the Department of City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University.