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Rural Identities and Globalisation


  • Giacomo Becattini
  • Luigi Omodei Zorini


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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  • Giacomo Becattini & Luigi Omodei Zorini, 2003. "Rural Identities and Globalisation," QA - Rivista dell'Associazione Rossi-Doria, Associazione Rossi Doria, issue 1, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:rar:journl:0134

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

    JEL classification:

    • Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R20 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - General


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