Academic journal article Rural Society

Editorial

Academic journal article Rural Society

Editorial

Article excerpt

People live in rural area for diverse reasons; these include: employment opportunities, family connections, lifestyle, and compatibility with community. People may be forced to leave or to live in rural areas to access education, and for economic considerations Once again, employment Issues have a push-pull effect; on-farm employment may provide jobs, but the general lack of employment opportunities forces people, particularly young people, to leave. Four of the papers In this Issue explore the reasons for staying in or leaving rural communities and these papers focus on two quite different age groups and two different minority cohorts.

Delving deep beyond the better known themes - employment and educational opportunities - Chelsea Eacott and Christopher Sonn explore the Issues related to youth migration from rural areas. In their paper, Beyond education and employment, they Investigate how young people experience their attachment to their rural communities, their satisfaction with their communities, and how they interpret rural culture. Eacott and Sonn explore the ways In which communities might best refocus community development opportunities to retain more young people.

At the other end of the age spectrum, the research team of Tilse, Rosenman, Peut, Ryan, Wilson and Sutterlund, provide a meta-analysis of their major projects on the unique nature of asset management practices In rural areas. The complexities of farm ownership, succession planning, small town anonymity and relationships are Identified as being specific to the rural context of asset management practice. …

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