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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

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

Sarah Neal

Julian Agyeman

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861347961.003.0005

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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