Routledge International Handbook of Rural Studies. Understanding the association between rural ethnicity and inequalities

Ruth McAreavey

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Rural areas are facing demographic transformation. Some localities have experienced significant levels of (internal and international) immigration in recent decades. In other rural places, a shifting minority: majority ratio (arising mainly from increased minority fertility and decreases in the majority population) is altering the rural landscape. It is this context of increasingly diverse rural societies that frames this chapter. It begins by examining inequalities arising from ethnicity in a rural context. The review proceeds by identifying how different factors, including recent patterns of international migration and historical legacies of ethnic diversity, intertwine to produce multi-cultural rural areas. First of all an overview of the significance of the ‘ethnic’ label is presented, recognizing its limitations and also its usefulness. Having established this context the chapter proceeds by highlighting the way in which rural ethnic inequalities are measured and also the particular challenges of measuring rural poverty. The processes that produce inequalities among ethnic groups are examined, with particular attention on migration and space and place, but mindful of historical legacies along with economic transformations and associated recent migration patterns. Finally, the conclusion of the chapter highlights gaps and identifies areas for future research agendas.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge International Handbook of Rural Studies.
EditorsMark Shucksmith, David Brown
Place of PublicationOxon and NY
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-75304-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-80437-1
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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