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Mapping the Socioeconomic Landscape of Rural Sweden: Towards a Typology of Rural Areas
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.
2016 (English)In: Regional studies, ISSN 0034-3404, E-ISSN 1360-0591, Vol. 50, no 3, 460-474 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Definitions of the rural have been the subject of numerous academic papers. This paper argues that the a priori urban–rural continuum model should be abandoned in favour of a more open approach. In advancing this argument, a socioeconomic typology of rural Sweden is developed by means of cluster analysis. A total of 3983 areas were sorted into five clusters and16 sub-clusters. One-third of the rural population lives in the middle-class countryside within the urban shadow (12%) and working-class countryside within the urban shadow (22%); the bulk of the rural population lives in countryside outside the urban shadow (25%) and manufacturing periphery (28%); and a smaller share resides in the resource periphery (12%). It is concluded that location-specific typologies based on high-resolution data that avoid a priori assumptions of rurality give great insight into rural heterogeneity.

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2016. Vol. 50, no 3, 460-474 p.
Keyword [en]
Rural heterogeneity, Rural change, Rural typology, Regional development, Cluster analysis, Sweden
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Human Geography
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Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-91671DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2014.924618ISI: 000368717900006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84902899203OAI: diva2:737649
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Available from: 2014-08-13 Created: 2014-08-13 Last updated: 2016-06-08Bibliographically approved

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