Rural Community Wellbeing
Special Issue of Rural Society
Volume 23 Issue 3 June 2014
pages ISBN 978-1-921980-36-7
Guest editors: Thomas Holden and Lisa Bourke
Rural Health Academic Centre,The University of Melbourne
From 'social laboratory' to node in transnational production networks, the ways social scientists understand 'rural community' as concept and object continue to evolve and proliferate. Rural communities have been described as 'dying', and have been called upon to act, restructure and resist their supposed fate. What leads to community strength, resilience or identity, why are some rural communities thriving while others are not, and how does a rural community promote collective wellbeing?
Rural Society's special edition advances bold theoretical and empirical insights into the relevance and meaning of 'rural community wellbeing.' Papers explore how understandings vary across social groups, the health and wellbeing of those living in rural environments, the processes involved in community change and action, power relations producing community wellness, interactions between communities and the wider social environment, and the implications these issues have for the quality of life and wellbeing of rural communities and their residents are invited for this topical edition.