Call for Papers: Rural History 2019 panel proposal – Rural Politics and Society

RHN 129/2018 | Call

Organisers: Dan Brett and George S. Vascik

Rural History 2019, 10-13 September 2019, Paris, France

Deadline for panel proposals: 15 October 2018

Call for Papers:
Rural History 2019 Panel Proposal
Rural Politics and Society: Representing rural society

This panel is interested broadly in the problems associated with how rural society organized in order to advance its political, economic and social interests. Is the attempt to represent rural society destined to fail and if so why? Alternatively, what have movements and organizations that have sustained themselves done in order to do so? We pose the question – is the structure and nature of rural society inimical to the effective collective action and the creation of organizations to represent rural interests?

We are interested in the reasons behind and the processes involved the formation of groups and organizations as well and their collapse. We are interested in questions of voice, agency and power within rural society and how this is reflected in rural organizations. We are keen to explore the barriers to effective collective action and representation at a local, national and international level. We welcome papers exploring any time period or location and from any disciplinary approach. As this is a broad topic we invite papers to focus on one of four potential areas:

1) Voice and Agency of rural actors (individuals and groups)

2) The problems of collective action and representation of groups or sections of rural society (i.e. what social, political, cultural barriers hinder collective action - locally, regionally, nationally, globally?)

3) Power structures and hierarchies – the impact of social, economic, cultural transformations upon these structures and its impact on attempts to represent the countryside

4) Local – National interactions – how do local actors interact at a national level and with national level actors?

Interested participants should contact:
Dan Brett, Open University,

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The Rural History 2019 Call for Panels can be found in RHN 70/2018.