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Searching for a conceptual nexus? A critical analysis of community, place, and territorial approaches to rural development

Abstract : Despite commonalities, the development of a broad range of approaches to rural development has sometimes produced hermetic language and values which is exacerbated by siloed scientific orientations. In this article, we provide a critical analysis of three popular approaches to rural development among Global North rural researchers, practitioners, and decision-makers: the community-based approach, the place-based approach, and the territorial approach. By locating the disciplinary origins and pragmatic boundaries of each approach as well as the interfaces between them, we argue that working across a potential conceptual nexus could foster collaboration among policy-makers, practitioners, and researchers alike. Our analysis points to shared interests in issues of governance, actors agency and geographical embeddedness; it highlights a shared emphasis on rural defined interests. We conclude future rural development research and practice could be rejuvenated by working at the nexus of these interfaces to achieve the goals of contemporary rural development initiatives.
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Mikael Akimowicz, S. Ashleigh Weeden, Ryan Gibson. Searching for a conceptual nexus? A critical analysis of community, place, and territorial approaches to rural development. Annals of Regional Science, Springer Verlag (Germany), 2022, ⟨10.1007/s00168-022-01125-x⟩. ⟨hal-03656859⟩

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