(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

Amenities, Affluence, and Ideology: Comparing Rural Restructuring Processes in the US and Norway

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

Van auken Paul M. (1) ; Fredrik Rye Johan (2) ;
(1) Sociology, Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, USA
(2) Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway


In this paper we analyse how conceptions of nature and rural space, combined with broader structural influences—particularly rural restructuring and neoliberal ideology—impact community development in rural amenity areas. Building on qualitative data (in-depth interviews, photo-elicitation, and participant observation), the paper applies interactional theory of community to analyse the amenity-based restructuring narratives of two rural communities: Bayfield County in Wisconsin, USA, and Hitra/Frøya in Norway. Three primary conclusions are drawn: 1) while amenity-led development occurs because of rural contrast, the trappings of urban life are growing in importance; 2) consumption may be the driving force behind growth and change in many 'post-productivist' rural areas, but landscapes are actively produced to capitalize upon local amenities; and 3) the study areas are in different phases of maturation, where Norwegian social attitudes about land seem to be shifting from a 'traditional' mentality towards a more 'American' mentality.


Article of periodic

published at : Landscape research / ISSN 1469-9710

Editor : Taylor & Francis, Abingdon - ROYAUME-UNI (1976)

Millesime : 2011, vol. 36, no1 [pp. 63-84]
Published in 20110201



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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : 10.1080/01426397.2010.536203

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