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Title: A Multicultural and Multifunctional Countryside? International Labour Migration and Australia's Productivist Heartlands
Contributor(s): Argent, Neil (author)orcid ; Tonts, Matthew (author)
Publication Date: 2015
DOI: 10.1002/psp.1812
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Abstract: In 2007, Michael Woods posited the notion of 'the global countryside' as a hypothetical space within which globalising tendencies are fully realised in the transformation of rural place. Rather than viewing rural change as being 'determined' by global processes, Woods sought to encourage more nuanced accounts that could 'hold together' multiple scales in their narratives of rural restructuring. After three decades of neoliberal trade and agricultural policy reform in Australia, the country's inland regions are embedded in 'the global', yet their economic, demographic, and social fortunes are also being profoundly shaped by the processes operating at a range of other spatial scales. Within the context of the global countryside, this paper explores the interactions of rural demographic change and labour market processes. Specifically, we examine the ways in which long-standing patterns of out-migration from rural areas have seen new forms of engagement with the global in the form of international labour migration.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Population, Space and Place, 21(2), p. 140-156
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1544-8444
Field of Research (FOR): 160401 Economic Geography
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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