Chapter 8: Without categories and classifications: "Rural" as a social expression

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This chapter explores social representative groups as a medium to study "rural" meaning in Ireland. In research terms, the concept of "rurality" is increasingly debated, its existence questioned, and approaches to establish conceptual and methodological boundaries continuously challenged. By studying the language of social representative group leaders, it is argued in this chapter that the "rural" can be fluidly explored through its expression. Through a theme-based deconstruction of interviews with group leaders, I explore the expression of loss in Irish dialogue and its implication on "rural" meaning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-125
Number of pages13
JournalResearch in Rural Sociology and Development
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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