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Rural Routes: Living Landscapes of the Social, Economic, and Agricultural Policies of the Day

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This paper explores how government policy has emerged and become implicitly � and explicitly � embedded in the rural landscape. It argues that the rural landscape (like any landscape) is an accumulation of lived practices. As rural people change their practices, their relationships and connections to their rural communities, they inevitably change the rural landscape �both subtly and dramatically, intentionally and unintentionally. Consequently, at any moment in time the landscape represents and embodies not only the everyday practices but also how the economic and social policies of the day were, or were not, followed. This paper examines rural landscape photographs over the past century from the New Brunswick (Canada) Provincial Archives and compares and contrasts the agricultural features evident in these rural landscapes, past and present. The photographic evidence demonstrates that rural society and agricultural policy have deeply affected the larger public�s images of what it means to be rural. What emerges in this extended photo essay is an exemplar of how the rural landscape embodies not only agricultural policies and practices but larger social policies and public discourses. In so much as rural sociologists have contributed to these public perceptions of rural life and appropriate policy, they have been part of the public face of sociology and influenced popular thinking beyond the walls of academia.

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landscapes, photographs, public policy, images of rural life, social change
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Machum, Susan. "Rural Routes: Living Landscapes of the Social, Economic, and Agricultural Policies of the Day" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, Radisson Hotel-Manchester, Manchester, New Hampshire, Jul 28, 2008 <Not Available>. 2013-12-14 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p254940_index.html>

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Machum, S. , 2008-07-28 "Rural Routes: Living Landscapes of the Social, Economic, and Agricultural Policies of the Day" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, Radisson Hotel-Manchester, Manchester, New Hampshire <Not Available>. 2013-12-14 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p254940_index.html

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Abstract: This paper explores how government policy has emerged and become implicitly � and explicitly � embedded in the rural landscape. It argues that the rural landscape (like any landscape) is an accumulation of lived practices. As rural people change their practices, their relationships and connections to their rural communities, they inevitably change the rural landscape �both subtly and dramatically, intentionally and unintentionally. Consequently, at any moment in time the landscape represents and embodies not only the everyday practices but also how the economic and social policies of the day were, or were not, followed. This paper examines rural landscape photographs over the past century from the New Brunswick (Canada) Provincial Archives and compares and contrasts the agricultural features evident in these rural landscapes, past and present. The photographic evidence demonstrates that rural society and agricultural policy have deeply affected the larger public�s images of what it means to be rural. What emerges in this extended photo essay is an exemplar of how the rural landscape embodies not only agricultural policies and practices but larger social policies and public discourses. In so much as rural sociologists have contributed to these public perceptions of rural life and appropriate policy, they have been part of the public face of sociology and influenced popular thinking beyond the walls of academia.

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