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A common European countryside?
Change and continuity, diversity and cohesion in the enlarged Europe
22-27 August, 2005 Keszthely Hungary
Call for Papers - ESRS (European Society for Rural Sociology) Working
The 'Small Worlds' of Rural Europe: social networks, social capital and
Recent studies have reflected on the importance of both social networks
and social capital in the small and medium land based enterprises that
form the core of the social economy of rural Europe. With increasing
policy emphasis placed on the multifunctionality of agriculture and the
development of the food chain, the role of networks and the social
capabilities represented by social capital have taken on a fresh
importance. This panel seeks to explore the interconnections between
social networks, social capital and rural development, with an explicit
focus on the enterprise and its principals.
To that end we invite papers that explore:
* The modalities of social networks in rural areas, with
particular references to networking between enterprises in the food
* Explorations of the utility of the concept social capital in
rural communities and the contribution it can make to analysis the
process of rural development.
* Considerations of the different forms of networks or community
building dynamics in both 'new' and 'old' European countryside.
* Empirical studies of the networks of rural enterprises,
particularly adaptive responses by enterprises in the face of either new
technologies or policy initiatives.
* Papers that seek to extend the existing methodology of
networks through the modelling of social networks, ethnographic
exploration or other innovations.
Our aim is to instigate a dialogue between the existing scholarship on
role the enterprise in rural communities and extend it through new
methodologies that reflect the impact of the economic forces of
globalisation and the opportunities presented by policy initiatives. We
would welcome contributions from postgraduate students as well as more
Please send, by 15 April 2005, your abstract for a paper (not longer
than 300 words) to the working group convenors.
Allan Butler (Centre for Rural Research University of Exeter)
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Phil Le Grice (Duchy College)
Matt Reed (Centre for Rural Research, University of Exeter)
Centre for Rural Research
University of Exeter
St Germans Road
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