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The new countryside?Ethnicity, nation and exclusion in contemporary rural Britain$
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Sarah Neal and Julian Agyeman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347961

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347961.001.0001

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Remaking English ruralities

Remaking English ruralities

Processes of belonging and becoming, continuity and change in racialised spaces

(p.99) Four Remaking English ruralities
The new countryside?

Sarah Neal

Julian Agyeman

Policy Press

This chapter argues that while the geographical space of the English countryside has been particularly filled with a sense of nation of an ‘old England’, it has also been a space which has always been fiercely contested. It uses the concept of ‘rural citizenship’ to examine the changing contours of the rural, as well as to map a racialised landscape where questions of legitimacy, inclusion, exclusion, and authenticity have been particularly struggled over. The chapter also uses the story of the Black Environment Network and empirical data from a recent research project to view what happens when certain claims to rural citizenship are made in multicultural Britain.

Keywords:   English countryside, old England, rural citizenship, racialised landscape, Black Environment Network

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