Consuming Rural Spaces: the turn towards leisure and lifestyle pursuits in rurality
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Rural space and its uses have been the subject of much discussion in rural studies of recent times. This is especially evident in the contestations and explorations of impacts on 'rurality' through globalisation and restructuring that have occurred from migration, corporatisation of farming, tourism and other facets of the social. As many have regarded, the very nature of the rural, as a defined space that is distinctive from the city both in real and performative terms, is being blurred through these challenges. Nonetheless, the disjuncture between urban and rural throughout the media and in political discussions remains heavily enshrined, perhaps for the purposes of resource allocation, such as 'regional development'.
However, the use of the rural space as a site for lifestyle and leisure pursuits for the 'social' may well feed further into debates on the rural/urban divide. In this special issue, we seek to unpack ideas of leisure and lifestyle pursuits in rural spaces, both theoretically and empirically. From second or holiday homes to domestic tourist experiences and festivals, the purpose of this special issue is to identify ways in which the rural is encountered, understood and experienced as a 'leisure' space that sits outside the everyday. However, rurality should not be simply understood as a space for urban play. Rather, in this special issue, we also seek investigations of rural leisure pursuits that are internal to the region; that is, rural people playing and experience lifestyle pursuits within their own location. We invite contributions of all types exploring the notion of the rural leisure and lifestyle space from a multitude of disciplines and theoretical perspectives.
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