Rural-Urban Policies: Changing Conceptions of the  Human-Environment Relationship

E. Carina H. Keskitalo, Svante Karlsson, Urban Lindgren, Örjan Pettersson, Linda Lundmark, Bill Slee, Mariann Villa, Diana Feliciano

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This chapter describes the way in which understandings of the “rural” have progressed from a focus either on decline or amenity, but where these more simplified understandings can be seen as having left a trace in rural policy development. The chapter argues that rural areas including forest need to be understood in relation both to production and integration with urban landscapes. It thus illustrates the role both of historical processes and policy in creating present understandings of the rural, showing that a redistributive tax system that has played larger role than particular rural policy has been crucial in retaining active rural areas in Sweden.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobalisation and Change in Forest Ownership and Forest Use
Subtitle of host publicationNatural Resource Management in Transition
EditorsE. Carina H. Keskitalo
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages42
ISBN (Electronic)9781137571168
ISBN (Print)9781137571151
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventInternational Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) - Umeå, Sweden
Duration: 19 Jun 201722 Jun 2017


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM)


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