Commercial Counterurbanisation: A driving force in rural economic development

Bosworth, Gary and Finke, Hanne Bat Commercial Counterurbanisation: A driving force in rural economic development. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space . ISSN 0308-518X

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0308518X19881173

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Abstract

Counterurbanisation is transforming rural communities and has implications for entrepreneurial opportunities in rural areas. The rural economy has seen a shift away from the dominant productivist paradigm towards an increasingly consumption-led array of businesses, facilitated by increased mobility and connectivity. Part of this transition has seen increasing rates of new businesses started by people moving into rural areas. This “commercial counterurbanisation” (Bosworth 2010; Mitchell and Madden, 2014), is stimulating local economies but the ensuing nature of “development” demands deeper investigation. In particular, this paper explores the ways in which entrepreneurs moving into rural areas are able to recognise distinctive opportunities and assets associated with rurality, drawing on a combination of their extra-local connections and access to local forms of capital. We conclude that the spatiality of social capital and the degree to which commercial counterurbanites become locally embedded are key factors in determining the characteristics of the businesses that they develop.

Keywords:Commercial Counterurbanisation, Rural Businesses, Rural Economy, Rural Assets, Rural Representations
Subjects:L Social studies > L726 Cultural Geography
N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
L Social studies > L721 Economic Geography
Divisions:College of Science > School of Geography
ID Code:36799
Deposited On:04 Sep 2019 09:31

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