Restructuring of rural Sweden: employment transition and out-migration of three cohorts born 1945–1980
2015 (English)In: Journal of Rural Studies, ISSN 0743-0167, E-ISSN 1873-1392, Vol. 42, 123-132 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 42, 123-132 p.
Rural restructuring, Manufacturing decline, Urbanization, Lifecourse perspective, Sweden
Social and Economic Geography
Research subject Social and Economic Geography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-110657DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.10.006ISI: 000367125400012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-110657DiVA: diva2:864132
ProjectsMobilising the rural: postproductivism and the new economy
FunderSwedish Research Council Formas, 2011-72