Urban-rural migration and cultural transformation of rural areas

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Rural areas are presently challenged by various restructuring processes; functionally and economically with changes in employment structure etc. as well as social and cultural transformations due to demographic change, population loss but also due to in-migration. This paper addresses how rural communities change due to urban-rural migration by investigating reasons and motivations that influence migration decisions, studying relations between newcomers and local residents and exploring social relations and sense of belonging. 

The study applies a biographical approach seeking to demonstrate the complexity of the migration and its embeddedness within the everyday context of daily life inspired by e.g. Giddens (1984 & 1990), Boyle & Halfacree (1998) and Halfacree & Boyle (1993). The study further applies concepts of belonging by e.g. Savage, Bagnall & Longhurst (2005) and Beatley (2004) to understand changing social relations and belonging in rural communities.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventNordic Ruralities: Crisis and Resilience - University of Akureyri, Akureyri, Iceland
Duration: 22 May 201625 May 2016


ConferenceNordic Ruralities
LocationUniversity of Akureyri

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