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Mirek Dymitrow

Postdoctoral fellow

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Deprivation and the Rural-Urban Trap

Author

  • Mirek Dymitrow
  • Jadwiga Biegańska
  • Elżbieta Grzelak-Kostulska

Summary, in English

Departing from the idea that cultural mechanisms are capable of allowing for conceptual dichotomies to create oppression, this paper challenges the engrained tradition of using ‘urban/rural’ as guiding labels in societal organisation when seen through the prism of deprivation. Two Polish deprivation-ridden estates – one ‘urban’ and one ‘rural’ – were investigated. Having taken account of the residents’ everyday lives in the socio-economic, material and discursive dimensions, our findings indicate that the notions of rurality and urbanity imbricate and leapfrog meaningful territories at the local level. Realising the danger of deploying stereotypes as beacons in governance, from this richly contextualised account we draw that many problems today are space-independent and cannot be attenuated by following development paths reinvented in the name of empirically questionable yet culturally sustained and politically ontologised spatialities. This, then, calls for rethinking both the discursivity and the elusiveness of rural-urban thinking in the context of deprivation.

Publishing year

2018-02-01

Language

English

Pages

87-108

Publication/Series

Tijdschrift Voor Economische en Sociale Geografie

Volume

109

Issue

1

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell

Topic

  • Human Geography

Keywords

  • conceptual dichotomies
  • deprivation
  • Poland
  • rural
  • spatial thinking
  • urban

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0040-747X