Global Connectivities in the Rural South and the Rural North I

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Rural Geography Specialty Group, Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group, Latin America Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Studio 9, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Francesca Fois, Michael Woods
Chairs: Francesca Fois


This session aims to explore how connectivities between the global north and the global south have a transformative impact on rural communities in both hemispheres. Recent scholarship has recognized the emergence of a ‘global countryside’ in parallel to the global city, which has found expression both in the ‘global north’ (Nelson and Nelson 2010, Woods 2007) and the ‘global south’ (Aguayo 2008, Rodriguez-Castro et al 2016). Approached from a relational perspective, the global countryside is a hybrid assemblage, constituted by heterogenous components and the entanglement of diverse, dynamic social, economic, political, cultural and environmental relations that connect rural places with other rural and urban spaces (Heley and Jones 2012, Woods 2007). These include a multitude of inter-connections and inter-dependencies that cross the conventional divide between the ‘global north’ and the ‘global south’: commodity chains and global production networks, cultural exchanges, transnational social networks and social movements, and flows of capital, migrants and tourists, among others.

However, whilst there is a growing body of case study research on globalization in rural communities, many of these studies are still focused on discrete localities, with global relations described only as context. Analysis of the actual flows, relations, inter-connections and inter-dependences that connect localities, and of the precise ways in which they become embedded in particular rural spaces and interact with local social relations, is generally less developed, especially with regard to north-south relations. We propose in this session that paying attention to these connectivities can help to further enhance understanding of globalization in rural contexts and to transcend the conventional north-south dichotomy in rural geography research.

This session calls for papers that examine global north-south connectivities in rural communities in the global south and/or the global north. This may include connections between rural communities in the global south and urban localities in the global north; connections between rural communities in the global north and urban localities in the global south; or rural-to-rural connections between the global north and the global south. We aim to address questions including: How are global flows and relations shaping rural spaces in the global south and/or the global north? What sort of rural geographies are emerging from the interactions between the global south and north? How can we conceptualise globalized and transnational rural spaces and communities? What hybrid outcomes are generated in globally connected ruralities? What forms of transnational rural communities are being enacted?

In exploring these themes we are open to investigations that employ different methodological approaches and different conceptual lenses across empirical topics including, but not limited to agriculture, resource industries, manufacturing production networks, labour and lifestyle migration, tourism, conservation and social movements.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Michael Woods*, Aberystwyth University, Assembling Global Ruralities: Interactions, Recodings and Reterritorialisations Across the North and South. 20 3:20 PM
Presenter Chi-Mao Wang*, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan (R.O.C.), De/territorializing the lettuce export markets in East Asia: cooling machines, climate change and kinship 20 3:40 PM
Presenter Ryan Galt*, University of California, Davis, Farm-to-bar chocolate in Hawai‘i: connecting multiple disconnections in the cacao-chocolate commodity chain 20 4:00 PM
Presenter Annah Zhu*, University of California Berkeley, Late Capitalism in Rural Madagascar: Hot money, cold beer, and the tactics of time-space compression 20 4:20 PM
Discussant Stefan Ouma Goethe University Frankfurt 20 4:40 PM

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