Questions of scale are central to theorisations and conceptualisations of rural change, such as scholarship which examines rural changes through the lens of rural gentrification (Nelson, 2018; Phillips and Smith, 2018), counterurbansiation, amenity-led migration, agricultural and industrial restructuring, and tourism. This issue is a particularly important influence within mainstream academic representations of rural gentrification, for example, given the distinct networks of built settlement forms of villages, hamlets and scattered dwellings (Woods, 2015). Equally, the substantial differentiation between physical distances between rural settlements in different national contexts are pivotal to different social and cultural meanings of remoteness, solitude, isolation and detachment, often central appeals and identities of rural places for both affluent in-migrants and settled residents. This also has a bearing on the opportunities for working in and commuting from rural gentrified places to metropolitan centres, logistics for home-working, freelance employment, and access to urban markets and clients (Nelson and Nelson, 2010), as well as for individuals commuting and working between rural places. To date, the important effects of scale on rural change have tended to be overlooked, and, arguably, this is an important dimension when undertaking comparative studies of rural change, such as exploring cross-national and regional geographies of rural change. In this session, we seek papers that engage directly with questions of scale on processes and outcomes of rural change in different national contexts.
|Presenter||Christopher Willer*, Kent State University, An Analysis of Tools for identifying Small Towns and Tracking Land Use Change||20||3:20 PM|
|Presenter||Jennifer Mapes*, Kent State University, The U.S. small town and the 2016 presidential election: comparing media narratives and voting data||20||3:40 PM|
|Presenter||Peter Nelson*, Middlebury College, Rural Gentrification in the Metropolitan Hinterlands - Supply-side and Demand Side processes in New York's Finger Lakes Region||20||4:00 PM|
|Presenter||Martin Phillips*, UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER, Darren Smith, Loughborough University, Hannah Brooking, University of Leicester, Chloe Kinton, Loughborough University, Revisiting metropolitan villages: rescaling geographies of rural gentrification in South East England?||20||4:20 PM|
|Presenter||Darren Smith*, Loughborough University, Martin Phillips, Leicester University, Chloe Kinton, Loughborough University, The landed gentry in processes of rural gentrification||20||4:40 PM|
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