Journal of Rural Studies (J RURAL STUD)

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 2015
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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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Small business researchers have explored how entrepreneurs benefit from their existing networks and social capital in venture creation, observing that better connections enhance the likelihood of the success of new businesses. However, we know very little about how new-venture entrepreneurs overcome gaps in their social capital and lack of access to networks. This research provides a case-study illustrating how a rural funeral business developed a sustainable, profitable and scalable crematorium venture through its owner's instrumental use of his existing social capital and the purposeful recruitment of new members to fill gaps in expertise and resources. Combining these relationships, he created and managed a network which added significant value to the process of enterprise creation. We explore how the business-owner used this network and his own market knowledge to profitably exploit a perceived gap in the market through the provision of a facility which a local authority had previously considered, and rejected, as unsustainable because of insufficient population density in the region.
    Journal of Rural Studies 06/2015; 39. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.02.004
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    ABSTRACT: Environmental justice studies have recently seen a surge in cultural narratives that document the interconnections between cultural and environmental injustices. Although these narratives offer important insights about the politics of pollution, they rarely highlight how cultural resources are adopted as protest strategies by communities engaged in collective mobilization. In this paper, we propose a conceptual approach that examines how cultural resources are adopted and transmitted as tools of protests for community mobilization. We call our framework Cultural Justice Approach. The proposed framework allows us to examine how cultural resources or tools are used for environmental mobilization. Specifically, we identify three cultural justice tools – symbologies of place, historiographies of space, and social ties and community networks and apply the framework to the study of two environmental justice movements in Land Between the Rivers, Kentucky and Santa Rita-Born in Space, New Mexico.
    Journal of Rural Studies 06/2015; 39. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.03.005
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    ABSTRACT: This paper is concerned with social capital, and in particular the bridging social capital that the owners of second homes bring to rural communities. Using a study of second home owners in Stintino, northern Sardinia, it examines how seasonal residents use the resources of their extended social networks to shape and influence local agendas (around planning, housing, services etc.) and to assist community development. The paper builds on a framework for examining the social value of second homes (Gallent, 2014), which proposed that the distended socio-professional networks of some rural communities can be extended, by non-permanent residents, to embrace new resource potentials, and that second homes therefore have a clear social value for communities which would otherwise have a more limited store of social capital. That framework also cautioned, however, that non-permanent residents may use that capital in pursuit of interests that do not align with those of the host community, therefore causing conflict as newcomers/seasonal residents seek to shape their local environment according to their particular tastes and values, sometimes in opposition to local need. The research for this paper was undertaken in August 2013. It involved nine detailed interviews with second home owners in Stintino and a series of focus group discussions. Stintino is located on the Sardinian mainland opposite the Asinara archipelago. It is 50 km by road from the city of Sassari, which is principal home to many seasonal residents.
    Journal of Rural Studies 04/2015; 38. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.02.001
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    ABSTRACT: Critical commentators of agricultural/rural change in advanced economies have begun to refer to ‘neo-productivist’ pathways of change. However, conceptualizations of neo-productivism have so far largely failed to provide a robust analytical framework for understanding the propelling forces, processes and characteristics of complex modern agricultural pathways. This article analyses two key approaches used to conceptualize neo-productivism: an actor-oriented spatio-temporal perspective (the AOST approach) which focuses mainly on geographical and temporal-historical characteristics in the adoption of neo-productivist actor spaces, and structuralist interpretations which see neo-productivism predominantly as a response to macro-political regime change. There is an underlying assumption in both that productivist and non-productivist pathways of agricultural change can be identified in different guises and that the notion of neo-productivism can be situated in relation to productivist/non-productivist concepts. However, they differ in their temporal conceptualisations of agricultural change (i.e. neo-productivism as productivist resurgence versus productivist approaches adapted to match the new political realities of an era influenced by non-productivism), processes (i.e. non-productivist pathways forced by events ‘back’ towards productivist-dominated pathways versus neo-productivism as a shift from a state-led system of support responsible for driving stateproductivism, to market-based drivers enabled by the gradual withdrawal of the state), and spatial differentiation (i.e. complex geography of actor spaces in the adoption of neo-productivist pathways versus locked-in productivist pathways working alongside multifunctional agriculture). The article concludes with some critical thoughts about the utility of the term ‘neo-productivism’, but also argues that the term allows researchers to further nuance conceptualisations of the complex spatial, temporal and structural changes that characterise modern agriculture in any area of the globe.
    Journal of Rural Studies 04/2015; 38. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.02.003
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    ABSTRACT: A recurring question in regional and national politics in Sweden is how Norrland – a sparsely populated and partly declining region in the north of the country – will be able to survive in the long run. The answer to this question varies between different political parties. With Swedish parliamentary material (non-government bills) as the point of departure this paper examines how the region of Norrland is used and created in political rhetoric. Four discourses were identified that all tried to fixate Norrland in different ways. The paper argues that pro-Norrland arguments may be counterproductive on a discursive level due to how they are organised. By identifying two dominant logics that traversed the different discourses and affected the processes of meaning making, we describe how pro-Norrland arguments that differ ideologically and/or employ different discourses reproduced a common view of Norrland as an inherently rural, remote and problematic area.
    Journal of Rural Studies 02/2015; 37. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2014.11.012
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this article is to analyse the relationship between a rural branding strategy and a local economic development action through the case study of Territoris Serens in El Lluçanès (Catalonia, Spain). This initiative is framed within the process of economic restructuring which has taken place in rural areas in recent years, with local economic activity moving away from production and towards consumption. In this context, strategies of marketing, branding and communication take on a crucial role in making rural areas more visible and facilitating their economic diversification. Through the analysis of documentary sources and the results of a focus group, the article shows how the place branding strategy implemented in this case transcends the traditional functions of facilitating the promotion and marketing of place, becoming a fundamental part of a bottom-up process of local economic development and taking on a notable role in the internal, collective definition of a competitive territorial identity, the revaluation of endogenous local resources and the promotion of community-based rural development. We thus posit that the interplay between processes of locally defining place identity and economic development strategies leads to a restructuring of local economic activity in ways that serve local communities and values, thus contributing to sustainable, long-term development.
    Journal of Rural Studies 02/2015; 37. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.01.001
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    ABSTRACT: In this article, we examine the transformative potential of changing quality regimes in agro-food industries through the analysis of whether Fair Trade wine in Argentina provides a meaningful economic alternative that goes beyond the impact it has on direct beneficiaries. The wine sector has a long history in valorizing a variety of quality dimensions, and has developed one of the most complex and sophisticated quality infrastructures, making it an ideal terrain of analysis. Furthermore, it is going through a major process of restructuring in which the battle-lines are drawn along the application, challenge and re-interpretation of different quality content. Through the lenses of a sector-adjusted version of regulation theory, we show that the Fair Trade wine sector does not substantially deviate from the conventional wine economy in Argentina. Instead of empowering the most vulnerable groups, those producing table wine for the domestic market, Fair Trade is actually further marginalizing them.
    Journal of Rural Studies 02/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.02.002
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    ABSTRACT: This article examines the relationship between artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) and surface land tenure arrangements, through a comparison of mining areas in the southern Philippines, the eastern DRC and Liberia. In all three cases, ASM takes place in peripheral regions outside central state control, where both land- and mineral tenure are characterized by high degrees of informality. Based on our comparative analysis, we highlight three core propositions. First, the relationship between ASM and surface land claimants is not (merely) characterized by antagonism, but involves a significant degree of negotiation and mutual benefit-sharing. Secondly, even in places purportedly characterized by a weak state presence, people make constant references to state-sanctioned legality to underpin their (often overlapping) claims to mineral resource wealth; whether as miner or as a surface landowner claiming royalties. Thirdly, people's ability to effectively use state-sanctioned legality as a mechanism to access mineral wealth -and to exclude others from accessing this wealth-is not distributed equally, and hinges on access to vital financial and political resources.
    Journal of Rural Studies 02/2015; 37:50-60. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2014.11.007
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    ABSTRACT: This paper has two intentions. The first is to focus on seaside towns as sites of social exclusion and to contribute to the development of a ‘seaside scholarship’, provoking scholars of poverty and exclusion to engage more critically with seaside locales beyond rural/urban binaries. As this paper demonstrates, many seaside towns face problems associated with both rural and urban areas and therefore a more place-based approach to geographical studies of poverty and exclusion is needed. The second intention of this paper is to explore further how problems associated with traditionally ‘rural’ areas such as remoteness, seasonal employment and a labour market which potentially reinforces gender divisions are often held in tension in seaside towns with traditionally more ‘urban’ concerns such as the quality of privately rented housing, or more specifically Houses in Multiple Occupancy (HMOs). This paper argues that HMOs are a fundamental factor for the particular nuance of exclusion in many seaside towns due to their potential to attract individuals in receipt of Housing Benefit (HB). By attracting HB claimants into seaside towns HMOs indirectly affect those individuals’ opportunities to find and sustain long-term employment and access services in ways which mimic those evidenced in rural areas. To support these claims a case study from the town of Ilfracombe, north Devon is used, drawing from a large qualitative data set which includes interviews with local authority officers, community workers and HMO residents.
    Journal of Rural Studies 02/2015; 37:96-107. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2014.10.001