Urbanormativity (inbunden)
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Thomas, Alexander R.
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Urbanormativity (inbunden)


Reality, Representation, and Everyday Life

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Urbanormativity explores a cultural ideology that posits that urban is normal and desirable while rural is deviant, exotic, or undesirable. This work examines the relevance and meaning of this phenomenon in three parts: reality, which discusses the urbanization of the planet and the inherent conflict that emerges from the condition of urban dependency; representations, which discusses the cultural dynamics of urbanormativity; and everyday life, which focuses on the outcomes of urbanormativity in terms of the legal and political landscape, emphasizing the role of spatial inequality in creating urban-rural disparities. The book then examines life in rural communities amid urbanormativity, highlighting such processes as rural gentrification as well as the transformation of the character and tradition of rural communities through the process of place structuration. This book conclude by developing a new rural justice ethic that advocates for the incorporation of Sen's notion of capability maximization along with a concerted effort to revalue the rural-socially, culturally, politically, and economically.
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Thomas and Fulkerson's new book adds a deep understanding the social divide between urban and rural. This new book provides a deep discussion of the complexity of what is know as urban life and its association with progress in comparison with rural life and its mix of reality and symbolism. The authors provide a solid understanding of the social, economic, political, and attitudinal differences based upon place. It is a must read for those who want to understand the development, growth, and spread of the urban/rural divide. -- Stephanie A. Bennett-Knapp, The College of St. Rose Thomas & Fulkerson's newest volume offers up a critical reconsideration of how we make sense of rural people and rural places, calling into question the oversimplified representations of rural dwellers, rural livelihoods, and rural culture as reflected in North American urbanormative discourses on the rural. Their exploration reveals how dependency of the urban upon the rural becomes invisible through epistemic distancing as well as through structures-both physical and social-that disadvantage the rural to the benefit of the urban. This includes a consideration of how rural industries, including energy, agriculture, timber and other extractive activities enrich urban populations while degrading the environment and impoverishing rural workers. They further emphasize the global dimensions of this urban-rural dependency and connect the myriad systems that work to diminish the importance of rural contributions in an increasingly urban world. This lucidly written book weaves theory and field-based evidence into a volume that will engage an academic audience, as well as policymakers and those concerned with extending social justice efforts into rural communities. -- Aimee Vieira, Norwich University

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Gregory M. Fulkerson is associate professor of sociology at SUNY Oneonta. Alexander R. Thomas is professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at SUNY Oneonta.


Preface Introduction to Urbanormativity Part I: The Reality Chapter 1: The Urbanizing Planet Chapter 2: Distance and Interaction Chapter 3: Urban-Rural Oikos: Economy and Ecology Part II: The Representation Chapter 4: Cultural Capital and Urbanormativity Chapter 5: Population Imagination Chapter 6: Rustic and Urbane Identity Part III: Everyday Life Chapter 7: Policy and Law Chapter 8: Urbanormative Communities Chapter 9: A Rural Justice Ethic Conclusion References