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Rural Identities and Globalisation

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  • Giacomo Becattini
  • Luigi Omodei Zorini
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    Authors examine different perception of agriculture in the economic theory. Due to the widening of the set of the cinsumers’ needs there has been a differentiation in two limit types of rural setting: mass production andintegrated specialties. The latter is typical of territories with high environmental and landscape value, and suitable for quality production. A comparison with the concepts of agro-industrial and rural districts leads the Authors to define Rural local systems characterized by a set of productive activities, strongly linked to the valorisation and reproduction of renewable natural and historical resources, which offer a basket of goods and services able to satisfy a wide cluster of needs. The demand for integrated specialties creates a network of relationships between urban and rural areas characterized by a strong identity. The concept of territorial identity is then discussed. A restoration, through new forms, of an intimate relationship between city and countryside may allow the survival of identities in a global market, but raises some questions as well.

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    Article provided by Associazione Rossi Doria in its journal QA.

    Volume (Year): (2003)
    Issue (Month): 1 (May)
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    Handle: RePEc:rar:journl:0134

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    Keywords: Sustainable Development; Local Identity; Local Rural System; Agro-Industrial District; Rural District;

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