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Ethnicities, Identities and Social Organisations in Contemporary Rural England

September 2003 - August 2004

This recently completed Leverhulme Trust funded research examined questions of attachment, inclusion, nation and locality through an examination of the nature of the relationship between the contemporary English countryside and the 'rurally included'. The category 'rurally included' was defined as those rural populations who are 'accounted for' in dominant rural narratives i.e. those who appear to make a confident and a seemingly uncontested claim to rural belonging. The project focused on senses of location and rural spaces and the ways in which these shape formations and notions of belonging, citizenship and inclusion.

Principal Investigator: Dr Sarah Neal