Socio-cultural representations of greentrified Pennine rurality

Darren Smith, D.A. Phillips

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This paper examines the processes of change in two ‘rural’ environs of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, associated with the in-migration and consumption practices of relatively affluent households. In doing so, we address the knowledge gap identified by Phillips (J. Rural Studies 9 (1993) 123) relating to the gentrification of rural locations. The term ‘rural greentrification’ is suggested to emphasise the varying cultural predilections of in-migrant households in the consumption of ‘green’ spaces. More specifically, a geography of greentrification is identified in the locale, which encompasses two socio-spatial relationships: ‘village’and ‘remote’. These are interpreted as distinct constructions of rural ‘habitus’ and thus exemplify the significance of Hebden Bridge as a special place, where the multiple appeals and meanings of different representations of greentrified Pennine rurality enable cultural and social differentiation. The findings reaffirm the value of viewing the rural as a socio-cultural construct, tied to place and time, which is specific to individuals and social groups.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-469
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Rural Studies
Volume17
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2001

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Smith, Darren ; Phillips, D.A. / Socio-cultural representations of greentrified Pennine rurality. In: Journal of Rural Studies. 2001 ; Vol. 17, No. 4. pp. 457-469.
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