By Julian Agyeman, Sarah Neal
The geographical region has lengthy been linked to notions of kingdom and id in Britain, but this organization has been a missed region of inquiry. although, the nation-state is altering and rural issues are excessive on public agendas. This booklet explores problems with ethnicity, id and racialised exclusion in rural Britain, extensive and for the 1st time. It questions what the geographical region 'is', problematises who's noticeable as belonging to rural areas, and argues for the popularity of a rural multiculture. The ebook brings jointly the newest and such a lot wide examine findings to supply an authoritative account of present conception, coverage and perform. utilizing interdisciplinary frameworks and new empirical information, the e-book: offers a severe and accomplished account of the moving, contested connections among rurality, nationwide identification and ethnicity; discusses the relationships among ethnicity, exclusion, coverage, perform and learn in more than a few rural settings - from the studies of gypsy traveler little ones in colleges to makes an attempt to inspire black and minority ethnic viewers to nationwide Parks; contributes in the direction of setting up the 'rural-ethnicity-nation' courting as a key attention on political and coverage agendas. "The New Countryside?" is vital interpreting for college kids, lecturers and researchers in quite a lot of disciplines together with: sociology; geography; social coverage; and cultural, rural and surroundings reviews. it is going to even be a useful source for practitioners and coverage makers throughout a variety of sectors and companies.
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One potential problem in stating this, however, is the fact that the political conflict and ongoing sectarian divisions within Northern Ireland make it fairly distinctive as a rural area. It could be claimed, therefore, that the conflict in the region has created a more general climate characterised by violence and divisions. As such, this has tended to increase the exclusivity of collective identities and thus levels of racial prejudice and harassment well above those likely to exist in other rural areas.
And tend to be much more complex and contradictory than such crude quantitative indicators can capture (Donald and Rattansi, 1992; Rattansi and Westwood, 1994; Cohen, 1999; Solomos, 2003). However, while far from perfect, such attitudinal surveys are the only means of developing some sense of the ‘bigger picture’ with regard to racism in Northern Ireland and thus to allow for broader generalisations to be made about the relative salience and importance of ‘race’ to the lives of the general population in the region.
However, while this sense of ‘Whiteness’ is so normalised that it often ‘goes without saying’, the presence of even relatively small numbers of minority ethnic people presents a fundamental challenge to these racialised senses of identity. With these arguments in mind, the chapter concludes with a brief discussion of their implications for understanding the nature and extent of racism in other rural areas across the UK. 2 While images and constructions of rurality at this level may be similar to many other regions within Britain, the way in which 22 Racism, Whiteness and identity in Northern Ireland rural discourses feed into constructions of identity and belonging are inevitably complicated by the intense conflict that has beset the region for the last 30 years; a conflict that has resulted in over 3,600 deaths and well over 40,000 people being injured (Morrissey and Smyth, 2002).