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Restructuring of rural Sweden: employment transition and out-migration of three cohorts born 1945–1980
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Rural Studies, ISSN 0743-0167, E-ISSN 1873-1392, Vol. 42, 123-132 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Rural restructuring has established itself in recent years as a popular area for research. However, the empirical findings are contested and criticism has been raised against its one-sided focus on agriculture and the British countryside. Drawing on Swedish longitudinal register data from three cohorts, we argue that there is empirical support for a restructuring process in rural areas. However, changes in agriculture are largely irrelevant considering the general picture – instead, it is the rise and fall of manufacturing and rural public sector employment, along with the recent growth of urban service sector employment, that comprise the contemporary economic restructuring of rural areas. We conclude that the contemporary restructuring in rural areas should be separated from a previous restructuring which went from agriculture to manufacturing.

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Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 42, 123-132 p.
Keyword [en]
Rural restructuring, Manufacturing decline, Urbanization, Lifecourse perspective, Sweden
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Social and Economic Geography
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Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-110657DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.10.006ISI: 000367125400012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-110657DiVA: diva2:864132
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Mobilising the rural: postproductivism and the new economy
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 2011-72
Available from: 2015-10-26 Created: 2015-10-26 Last updated: 2016-02-03Bibliographically approved

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