Journal of Rural Studies Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Elsevier

Journal description

International and interdisciplinary in scope, the Journal of Rural Studies publishes research articles relating to such rural issues as society, demography, housing, employment, transport, services, land-use, recreation, agriculture and conservation. The journal focuses on those areas encompassing extensive land-use, with small-scale and diffuse settlement patterns and communities linked into the surrounding landscape and milieux.

Current impact factor: 2.04

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2009 Impact Factor 2.348

Additional details

5-year impact 2.44
Cited half-life 8.40
Immediacy index 0.24
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.80
Website Journal of Rural Studies website
Other titles Journal of rural studies
ISSN 0743-0167
OCLC 10490841
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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    • Publisher last reviewed on 03/06/2015
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Publications in this journal

  • Journal of Rural Studies 01/2016; 2016 (In Press).
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    ABSTRACT: Scholars of rural studies have investigated a range of places and subcultures to identify varieties of rural masculinity-both new and old-and to understand how they shape social relations (e.g., Bell, 2004; Campbell, 2000; Hennen, 2008). Yet a similarly energetic effort to understand rural femininity and its consequences on social life is lacking. Simultaneously, while cultural studies of boundary-making processes have intensified in recent years, more work is needed to understand how "cultural narratives" shape gendered boundary-making processes (. Lamont and Molnar, 2002). In this article we ask: how do representations of rural femininities vary across different media sources? And, how do symbolic boundaries in these representations work to valorize specific rural femininities? Drawing in part on the recent emergence of a hip, countryside consumerism, we analyze gender on the symbolic and cultural level, making use of images and language to understand how representations of rurality and femininity intersect. Analyzing content from two magazines in different genres, Successful Farmer and Country Living, our findings revealed that rural femininities are contextual and depend on multiple and often shifting understandings of both rurality and femininity. We specifically identified two distinct forms of rural femininity, which we refer to as productivist rural femininity and transformative country chic. Further, we found that in both magazines symbolic boundary-making relied on the gendered division of labor to construct rural femininities, but that Country Living tended to use symbols of social class to portray desirable rural femininity, more so than Successful Farming. The article concludes with a discussion of further directions for the study of rural femininities and symbolic boundaries.
    Journal of Rural Studies 12/2015; 42:133-143. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.10.001
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    ABSTRACT: This paper explores key issues associated with integrated consolidation and allocation of rural-urban construction land (ICARUCL) in China. Based on a critical review of the literature and analysis of selected case studies, we identify barriers to effective ICARUCL implementation, which result principally from shortcomings in governance at the central and local levels. A framework for more effective governmental functions, aimed at addressing the challenges associated with the ICARUCL process, is then developed. We argue that better integration of government functions is required, in order to address such concerns as widely divergent socio-economic development levels within metropolitan regions and diverse desires and needs of relevant stakeholders. Key areas of concern regarding effectiveness of the ICARUCL implementation process are the external institutional environment, allocation of public goods among stakeholders, and overall organization and coordination.
    Journal of Rural Studies 12/2015; 42:43-51. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.09.010
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    ABSTRACT: Collective approaches are being used in rural areas in the western world to deal with a host of environmental problems. Agri-environmental measures designed to reduce environmental impacts at the farm scale are one common example. Also increasingly important are collaborative approaches to governance that engage diverse mixes of state and non-state actors, including farmers. Outcomes from these processes can place new costs and restrictions on farmers. At the same time, because of the extensive nature of agriculture, the success or failure of these processes can depend strongly on the extent to which farmers are willing participants. This paper explores the perspectives of farmers on collaborative processes for addressing water quality and quantity problems in Canada. Using a policy Delphi survey of 25 Canadian farmers who had experience with various kinds of collaborative processes, we reveal benefits and challenges for individual farmers, and for the agriculture sector as a whole. Study participants explicitly viewed the collaborative processes in which they had participated as a way to reduce the risk of government intervention and regulation. They also saw collaboration as an important way to educate other, non-farming participants about agriculture. Actor-specific insights such as the ones revealed through this work are needed to ensure the success of collaborative governance.
    Journal of Rural Studies 12/2015; 42:191-205. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.10.005
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    ABSTRACT: Rural restructuring has established itself in recent years as a popular area for research. However, the empirical findings are contested and criticism has been raised against its one-sided focus on agriculture and the British countryside. Drawing on Swedish longitudinal register data from three cohorts, we argue that there is empirical support for a restructuring process in rural areas. However, changes in agriculture are largely irrelevant considering the general picture - instead, it is the rise and fall of manufacturing and rural public sector employment, along with the recent growth of urban service sector employment, that comprise the contemporary economic restructuring of rural areas. We conclude that the contemporary restructuring in rural areas should be separated from a previous restructuring which went from agriculture to manufacturing.
    Journal of Rural Studies 12/2015; 42:123-132. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.10.006
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    ABSTRACT: In this paper, processes of rural gentrification are assessed in the post-Soviet context. In-depth, qualitative interviews were undertaken with 22 dacha (second country home) owners and 11 rural dwellers in two Russian regions. We draw on Bourdieu's concepts of capital exchange to assess processes of capital investment, social-up grading, landscape change and population displacement. Findings demonstrate a diverse range of approaches to dacha occupation, grounded in the Soviet legacy of elite and subsistence dacha cultures. Gentrification processes are distinguished in three types of dacha settlement: (1) the spread of gated communities through supergentrification and the 'new dachniki' movement, (2) transformations within dacha and garden comradeships through inheritance and reorientation of dacha food practices, and (3) gentrification in traditional villages, which features seasonal migration of urban offspring and a growing 'back to the land' movement. We focus on the 'demand side' of Russian gentrification and distinguish multiple pull factors, such as acquisition of a status symbol, access to rural pursuits, spaces for family reunion, production of 'ecologically clean food', and an escape from consumerist society. The authors argue that the analysis of the Russian case identifies areas for further development of rural gentrification literature more broadly, particularly 'super-gentrification', alternative food production movements in the countryside and the potential for gentrification from within locales through inheritance and rural wealth creation (in multiple forms).
    Journal of Rural Studies 12/2015; 42:154-165. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.10.008
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    ABSTRACT: This paper explores the potential for potato farmer groups to empower women in Malawi. It does this by examining how social and gender norms in communities, including the distribution of power, resources and responsibilities, may have an impact on the ability of farmer groups to empower female group participants. In total, 35 sex-disaggregated focus group discussions with farmers, and 4 interviews with extension officers were conducted in Dedza and Ntcheu districts. Data on social and gender norms that may promote or constrain the participation of both men and women in groups and limit their benefits were collected and analyzed. A social relations approach, focusing on gender relations, was used to analyze the data. A key finding was that, underlying gender and cultural norms may affect the ability of women to participate actively in groups as well as to take advantage of the empowerment potential of groups. Findings suggest that while farmer groups have the potential to empower women, reproduction of societal gender roles within groups may result in male bias, constraining the ability of groups to empower women. Key implications are that agricultural research organizations interested in women's empowerment should work closely with partners who have experience in women's empowerment because farmer group participation may not empower women if underlying social issues that result in gender inequality are not addressed.
    Journal of Rural Studies 12/2015; 42:91-101. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.09.002
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    ABSTRACT: The heritagisation of food reveals the underlying processes by which various actors articulate a particular foodstuff as a heritage in an attempt at pursuing differing aims. Pinole, a Mexican traditional sweet, has recently been reconceptualised as 'heritage' by various actors across geographical levels: local Mexican farmers, transmigrant workers in Philadelphia, and the international food movement Slow Food. A multi-level analysis of the material fluxes and semiotic narratives emerging around the international diffusion of pinole reveal how these actors' interests can overlap as well as conflict.
    Journal of Rural Studies 12/2015; 42:144-153. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.10.002
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    ABSTRACT: The practices and decision-making of contemporary agricultural producers are governed by a multitude of different, and sometimes competing, social, economic, regulatory, environmental and ethical imperatives. Understanding how they negotiate and adapt to the demands of this complex and dynamic environment is crucial in maintaining an economically and environmentally viable and resilient agricultural sector. This paper takes a socio-cultural approach to explore the development of social resilience within agriculture through an original and empirically grounded discussion of people-place connections amongst UK farmers. It positions enchantment as central in shaping farmers' embodied and experiential connections with their farms through establishing hopeful, disruptive and demanding ethical practices. Farms emerge as complex moral economies in which an expanded conceptualisation of the social entangles human and non-human actants in dynamic and contextual webs of power and responsibility. While acknowledging that all farms are embedded within broader, nested levels, this paper argues that it is at the micro-scale that the personal, contingent and embodied relations that connect farmers to their farms are experienced and which, in turn, govern their capacity to develop social resilience.
    Journal of Rural Studies 12/2015; 42:102-111. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.10.003
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    ABSTRACT: In this paper, we argue that standard built environmental accounts of obesity and physical inactivity offer little insight into the multiplicity of power relations that shape the localized mobility practices of rural places. In making this argument, we draw upon literature from with the "new mobilities paradigm" in qualitatively examining the multiple ruralities and rural mobilities of the Swampy Cree of the northern Canadian community, Lynn Lake, Manitoba. We argue that environmental accounts of mobility need to broaden their lens to consider those more-than-built-environmental, historical, cultural, economic and social forces that shape the practices and meanings of movements in rural locales, generally, and Indigenous rural communities, more specifically. In addition to our critique, we also draw attention to the hopeful geographies that reflected the participants' connection to the land, where the land played a pivotal role in fostering, sustaining, and restoring Indigenous physical cultural mobilities. We conclude by pushing back against dominant built environmental discourse that proposes to 'cure the environment' as a means of promoting active health. Instead, we suggest that resolving disputed land claims and restoring Indigenous territorial control over ancestral lands may be more conducive to fostering sustainable physical cultural mobilities that, in the long run, may be more health enhancing.
    Journal of Rural Studies 12/2015; 42:166-178. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.09.008
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    ABSTRACT: Our article focuses on the region of Chilean Patagonia and considers how it has developed as a leading producer of salmon for global food markets. It addresses the problem of how to decentre conventional views of the forces driving regional development that give primacy to the role of capital and technology, instead giving due recognition to the knowledge and practices of situated actors and to the relationships that form between human and non-human entities in food producing regions. As an alternative, we ask whether an assemblage approach can improve our understanding of regional transformation. To explore this question, we present original ethnographic data on constitutive practices that have transformed the Patagonian region, from the territorialization of Salmonidae species to experimentation in ocean ranching and seawater fish farming, and finally the development of a global industry. The evidence leads us to argue that in a complex globalised world, assemblage theory offers a valuable approach for understanding how regional potential is realised. In the case of Chilean Patagonia, it is apparent that forms of bio-power generate new relations between life, agency and nature, stimulating contemporary regional transformations in ways overlooked by the lineal logic of capital objectification discourses. Applying an assemblage approach enables the significance of new contemporary human e non-human relationships and inter-subjectivities to come to the fore, keeping the social in view as potential for regional transformation and new power asymmetries continuously emerge.
    Journal of Rural Studies 12/2015; 42:179-190. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.10.007
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    ABSTRACT: The establishment of Local Action Groups (LAGs) within the framework of LEADER with the participation of public and private actors through a bottom-up approach (i.e., the empowerment of local society) and the management of local development strategies constitutes one of the major innovations in the field of rural policy in Spain. The protagonism of local society and the local management of development processes entail the introduction and experimentation of previously unknown mechanisms of territorial governance. However, the efficacy of this rhetoric has been seriously limited in its practical implementation, with difficulties conceiving truly integrated and multi-sectoral strategies, increasing bureaucratization and the progressive exhaustion of local actors. Yet the factor most responsible for slowing the progress of LAGs and LEADER has been the conception and use of them as clientelistic and power instruments by local and regional elites (mainly composed of public actors).
    Journal of Rural Studies 12/2015; 42:29-42. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.09.005
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    ABSTRACT: While mobility has long been recognised to be a core dynamic affecting the consumption of rural housing very little is known about the politics that exist around the connections between mobility and rural housing. To investigate how mobility informs policy approaches to rural housing in Australia this paper brings together the concepts of the politics of mobility and governmentality. Through a case study examining housing policy discourses relating to rural and regional Australia from 1985 to 2000, this paper analyses the way in which various governmentalities of mobility have infused Australian rural housing policy. The paper finds that, during this period, mobility was an important governmental rationality informing Australian regional development and rural housing policies. This study contributes to the critical engagement with the mobility turn in contemporary rural studies by showing that a particular dimension of the mobility turn - the politics of mobility - can be augmented through the application of governmentality theory. Such an analytical approach enables a critical assessment of how such governmentalities of mobility contribute to constructions of the rural as problematic and the implications of such representations for rural regions and communities.
    Journal of Rural Studies 12/2015; 42:63-78. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.09.011
  • Judit Timár · Gábor Velkey ·

    Journal of Rural Studies 11/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.11.012

  • Journal of Rural Studies 11/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.11.002
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    ABSTRACT: This paper examines new patterns of financial investment in farmland and agricultural production in Canada and Australia, focussing on the grains sector. I situate these trends in relation to the on-going financialization of the global agri-food sector, a process through which finance capital and financial logics exercise increasing influence over food production and distribution. Especially since the "global food crisis" of 2007-8, there has been growing investor interest in farming and agriculture. In the global South, large-scale farmland buy-ups, referred to as the global "land grab", have generated considerable controversy. Less is known, however, about how domestic and foreign investment is affecting patterns of farm ownership and control in the global North. I document recent corporate and financial investment in farmland and farm ownership in each country and how differences in regulatory environments, institutional factors, and politics are shaping the scope and pace of change in each farming sector.
    Journal of Rural Studies 10/2015; 41:1-12. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.06.007
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    ABSTRACT: In the US, traditionally food policy has been considered a federal concern dealing with issues such as nutrition, anti-hunger, food safety, food labeling, international trade and food aid. In the 1970s, new concerns arose about the potentially deleterious consequences of the modern global food system. Social movement groups, often referred to as the Alternative Agrifood Movement, successfully championed these concerns into policy discussions, expanding the federal food policy frame to include the agrifood system agenda, while also creating new roles for local and state governments in food system governance. A body of agrifood system policy research emerged to address both the concerns and policies addressing modern global food system issues. The purpose of this paper is two-fold: first, to summarize the underpinnings of the agrifood system policy agenda, trace the emergence of initiatives in federal policy, and describe expressions in local policy; and, second, to describe the corresponding research domain, focusing on seminal works that inform or directly speak to policy development. Findings indicate that, as a whole, agrifood system policy research is interdisciplinary and draws from a core of knowledge. The most highly cited publications come from the fields of geography, sociology and rural sociology, environmental science and nutrition education, and follow a consistent trajectory of conceptualizing alternatives, providing friendly critique and proposing research agendas attentive to hybridity between conventional and alternative food systems. Research mostly informs framing and agenda-setting in the policy process and is aimed at all scales of governance, with a slight emphasis on local governance. Finally, we offer suggestions for further research, including evaluative research and comparative analysis with other domains of food policy research.
    Journal of Rural Studies 10/2015; 42(December):112-122. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.10.004
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    ABSTRACT: How do migrant colonists and indigenous populations differ in their land and labor allocation in the Amazon, and what does this imply for their income levels/livelihoods and the environment? We address this by analyzing patterns of on- and off-farm employment of rural populations, both mestizo and indigenous, in the Ecuadorian Amazon. We use data from an unusual survey that covers both mestizo and indigenous households. As elsewhere in rural areas of the developing world, off-farm employment is found to be the principal income source for 68% of the population and accounts for 53% of total household income on average. Within off-farm employment, farm wage employment is most common for the poor, who usually have little human (education) or natural capital (agricultural land). For educated individuals, in contrast, non-farm wage employment is commonly the choice. In the Amazon, the government (national, provincial, municipal) is the main employer, which is linked to recent large government investment in infrastructure and decentralization, leading to significant expansion of non-farm employment opportunities for rural populations close to major towns. The implications of this for livelihoods, sustainable development and the environment are explored in the conclusions.
    Journal of Rural Studies 10/2015; 42:1-10. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.09.003