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Alternative countrysides: Anthropological approaches to rural Western Europe today

Jeremy MacClancy


In the last three decades the anthropology of Western Europe has become almost exclusively an anthropology of urban life. The anthropology of rural life in Western Europe has been progressively neglected. Yet, just because cities concentrate people who continue to produce new and unexpected forms of social organization does not mean rurality becomes the emptying home of a tired traditionalism. Far from it. Since the city is only defined by opposition to the countryside, and since rural movements have urban effects, we cannot ignore the changes taking place in hamlets, villages, and rural towns ... More

Keywords: Rural anthropology, Western Europe

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780719096846
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719096846.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeremy MacClancy, editor
Oxford Brookes University

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