How "Mobilities" are Restructuring the Rural-Urban Periphery

March 12, 2012 - 17:30 - 19:00
Nador u. 9, Monument Building
Gellner Room
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Prof. David Brown
CEU organizer(s): 
Zbigniew Truchlewski

How "Mobilities" are Restructuring the Rural-Urban Peripher

About the lecturer

David L. Brown is professor and chair of Development Sociology, co-director of the Community & Regional Development Institute, and director of graduate studies in demography at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Professor Brown’s research focuses on migration and population redistribution in the US and Europe with a particular focus on how migration affects and is affected by local community organization.  His work also focuses on the production and reproduction of social and economic inequalities between regions and rural vs. urban areas. He has published over 50 scholarly articles and written or edited eight books on rural population and society.  His most recent books include: Rural Transformations and Rural Policies in the UK and US (Routledge, 2012) (co-edited), Rural Communities in the 21st Century: Resilience and Transformation (Polity, 2011) (with Kai Schafft), Rural Retirement Migration (Springer, 2008) (with Nina Glasgow), Population Change and Rural Society (Springer, 2006) (co-edited), and Challenges for Rural America in the 21st Century (Penn State, 2003) (co-edited). He is past president of the Rural Sociological Society, and a current elected member of the executive council of the European Society for Rural Sociology.


About the lecture

Prof. Brown will develop a conceptual framework for examining the changing social organization of the urban-rural periphery as a political economy space.This conceptualization is based on the idea that “mobilities” structure urban-rural space. Prof. Brown will hypothesize that new mobilities are capable of shifting the urban-rural balance of power. Prof. Brown will illustrate the usefulness of this framework through 4 case studies of rural-urban mobility: (a) the “cooperative countryside” where power becomes more symmetrical (Local food &counter-urbanization); (b) the “contested countryside” where power becomes more asymmetrical (Gas drilling & waste management).