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Emerging Trends in Rural Mobility and Immobility

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Rural Geography Specialty Group
Organizers: Cheryl Morse, Andrew Husa
Chairs: Cheryl Morse


Geographers are gaining increasingly nuanced understandings of the mobility and immobility of people who come from rural places (Stockdale et al. 2018). Rather than assuming that only those who move permanently out of rural home places are mobile, researchers have begun to recognized the varied forms of mobility that rural residents exercise (Barcus and Werner 2017, Morse and Mudgett 2018). Recently, scholarly attention has also focused on the complex emotional, relational dimensions of leaving, staying in, and returning to rural home places (Ní Laoire 2007, von Reichert et al. 2014, Morse 2017). Such work challenges some of the dominant understandings of the reasons for moving and adds methodological diversity to migration research. This session encourages discussion about these new directions in rural mobility research and welcomes emerging work on the intersection of mobility, identity, lived experience of place, and the changing composition of rural communities.
Barcus, H. and C. Werner (2017). Choosing to Stay: (Im)mobility decisions amongst Mongolia's ethnic Kazakhs. Globalizations 14(1): 32-50.
Morse, C. 2017. The emotional geographies of global return migration to Vermont. Emotion, Space and Society 25: 14-21.
Morse, C. E., & Mudgett, J. (2018). Happy to be home: Place-Based attachments, family ties, and mobility among rural stayers. The Professional Geographer, 70(2), 261-269.
Ní Laoire C. 2007. The ‘green green grass of home’? Return migration to rural Ireland. Journal of Rural Studies 23 (3): 332-44.
Stockdale, A., N. Theunissen and T. Haartsen (2018). Staying in a state of flux: A life course perspective on the diverse staying processes of rural young adults. Population Space and Place 24(8): 10.
von Reichert C, J. Cromartie, and R. Arthun (2014). Reasons for returning and not returning to rural US communities. The Professional Geographer 66 (1): 58-72.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Cheryl Morse*, University of Vermont, American Roots Migration Project: Mobility and Immobility in Rural Places 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Ruchi Patel*, Pennsylvania State University, Mobility, migration, and sustainability in a changing world 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Andrew Husa*, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, The Nebraska Roots Migration Survey: Rural-Urban Divide 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Aileen Stockdale*, , Tialda Haartsen, University of Groningen, Netherlands, Towards a new typology of rural stayers 15 12:00 AM

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