Academic journal article Rural Society

Editorial

Academic journal article Rural Society

Editorial

Article excerpt

How best to support people living in rural communities in practical ways through programs and service delivery, or by developing good policy, is a common theme in many Rural Society articles. This issue is no exception, and it contains some excellent articles on such matters.

Questioning the ability of current research paradigms to mirror the complexities of rural policy and practice is at the heart of Enca Bell's paper 'Great 21st Century debates about the usefulness of research'. The author dissects and analyses the literature that investigates the underlying motivations behind the selection and use of research methods.

Practical community based programs are important for rural communities and in particular those of the families of firefighters. The paper by Scan Cowlishaw, Lynette Evans and Jim McLennan on Tamilies of rural volunteer firefighters' proposes a model of the ways in which work and family roles may come into conflict. Programs, services and policies that assist and support young people in rural and regional communities experiencing the impact of decreasing employment and educational opportunities are the focus of Phillip Morgan's paper 'Policy considerations for moderating welfare dependency amongst rural youth'. Shirley Jamieson and Sarah Wendt report the experiences of human service providers of programs for perpetrators of domestic violence in their paper 'Exploring men's perpetrator programs in small rural communities'.

The entrance of Finland to the European Union has seen a large number of farmers leaving their farms. …

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