Socio-cultural representations of greentrified Pennine rurality

Smith, D.P. and Phillips, D.A. (2001) Socio-cultural representations of greentrified Pennine rurality Journal of Rural Studies, 17 (4). pp. 457-469. ISSN 0743-0167

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Abstract

This paper examines the processes of change in two ‘rural’ environs of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, associated with the in-migration and consumption practices of relatively affluent households. In doing so, we address the knowledge gap identified by Phillips (J. Rural Studies 9 (1993) 123) relating to the gentrification of rural locations. The term ‘rural greentrification’ is suggested to emphasise the varying cultural predilections of in-migrant households in the consumption of ‘green’ spaces. More specifically, a geography of greentrification is identified in the locale, which encompasses two socio-spatial relationships: ‘village’and ‘remote’. These are interpreted as distinct constructions of rural ‘habitus’ and thus exemplify the significance of Hebden Bridge as a special place, where the multiple appeals and meanings of different representations of greentrified Pennine rurality enable cultural and social differentiation. The findings reaffirm the value of viewing the rural as a socio-cultural construct, tied to place and time, which is specific to individuals and social groups.

Item Type:Journal article
Subjects:F000 Physical Sciences > F800 Physical Geography and Environmental Sciences > F850 Environmental Sciences
L000 Social Sciences > L700 Human and Social Geography
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.1016/S0743-0167(01)00014-6
Faculties:Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Environment and Technology > Society, Space and Environment
ID Code:1027
Deposited By:editor environment
Deposited On:23 Nov 2006
Last Modified:09 May 2012 08:46

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