The countryside has often been marginalised in discussions of economic and societal development, in favour of the urban. This book aims to stimulate a debate and a re-evaluation of how the concepts of the rural, peripheral and marginal are treated in academia and policy.

Approaching this theme from geographic, demographic and economic perspectives, Peter de Souza makes a compelling case for giving the periphery a prominent role as an integral part of a holistic and balanced society. The book carefully deconstructs the concept of the urban, and critiques the idea of urban-rural or centre-periphery comparisons, and presents an alternative approach to spark future discussions.

Winner of the Regional Studies Association Best Book Award 2020, The Rural and Peripheral in Regional Development will be of interest to those studying and researching in the areas of rural economics, sustainability and development, as well as those involved in rural policymaking.

chapter 1|23 pages

What is this all about?

Introductory positioning

chapter 2|20 pages

The periphery, 1 the marginal and the rural

Conceptual discussion

chapter 3|20 pages


Limits and potentials

chapter 5|23 pages

The urban deconstructed

chapter 7|30 pages

Extended definitions

An alternative way to re-analyse

chapter 8|22 pages

Peripheral economics

Some alternative approaches

chapter 9|26 pages

Economic structures and structural changes

chapter 10|21 pages

Policy frameworks