Artículo Year: 2014 Vol.: 12 No.: 3 pp.: 515-523 Language: Inglés

A critical response to the (non‑) place of rural leisure users within the counterurban imagination

Author: Keith Halfacree
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The concept of ‘counterurbanisation’ is now widely recognised within several branches of academia. Over the last four decades it has come to represent the net migration of people to more rural areas, notably although not exclusively across many countries within the Global North. It focuses on ‘permanent’ relocation, having separated itself within scholarship from more ‘temporary’ movements to rural areas, not least those undertaken for leisure purposes. This paper addresses this intellectual positioning of counterurbanisation and its exclusion of leisure users, arguing that, in some circumstances, it may now be unhelpful. In particular, recent discussions around the idea that we now live in an era of mobilities can lead to questioning both the idea of ‘permanent’ migration and its separation and implicit prioritisation over other forms of mobility. This leads to the paper advocating reconciliation between rural in‑migrants
and rural leisure users within a much broader counterurban imagination.


ISSN: 1695-7121
Title in English: A critical response to the (non‑)place of rural leisure users within the counterurban imagination

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