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Beyond Post-productivism: From Rural Policy Discourse To Rural Diversity
Department of Geography and Economic History, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden .
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Tourism Studies and Geography. School of Tourism and Hospitality, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Department of Geography and Economic History, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden .
Department of Geography and Economic History, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden .
2014 (English)In: European Countryside, ISSN 1803-8417, E-ISSN 1803-8417, Vol. 6, no 4, 297-306 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There has been a strong discourse in public policy aiming at transforming rural places from venues of primary production into truly diverse socioeconomic landscapes. Yet conceptualisations of the rural as envisioned in the policy and politics of the ‘new economy’ are often difficult to see materialise on the ground. However, post-productive activity in rural areas has become a major focus for rural studies scholars. This paper investigates the ideas of post-productivism and post-production in existing literature, and argues for a holistic understanding of post-productivism as an idea and political ambition rather than a manifest change of rural economic activity. The purpose of the study is to make clear the division between the related concepts in order to better understand processes of rural change in relation to different geographical contexts. It is argued that post-productivism as a concept stands apart from de facto post-production and should be regarded as part of broader regional development discourses. The paper outlines several important fields in which post-productivism is a necessary component for rural transformation and development. While it is not always easily captured in indicators or empirical studies in rural locations, post-productivism exists at the level of discourse and planning and thus has real effects on the ground. The paper concludes by offering suggestions on how to empirically investigate the concepts of post-production and post-productivism.

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2014. Vol. 6, no 4, 297-306 p.
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change, development, multifunctionality, post-productivism, production, rural
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Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-23670DOI: 10.2478/euco-2014-0016ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84943367068OAI: diva2:770282
Available from: 2014-12-10 Created: 2014-12-10 Last updated: 2016-10-26Bibliographically approved

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