The Sustainability of Rural Systems

Geographical Interpretations

  • Ian R. Bowler
  • Christopher R. Bryant
  • Christopher Cocklin

Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 66)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. C. Cocklin, L. Bowler, C. Bryant
      Pages 1-12
  3. Interpreting sustainability

  4. Globalisation, restructuring and sustainability

    1. N. Lewis, W. Moran, C. Cocklin
      Pages 97-121
    2. M. Troughton
      Pages 123-145
  5. Environmental imperatives

    1. M. Tilzey
      Pages 147-168
    2. Ian Bowler
      Pages 169-187
    3. Hubert van Lier
      Pages 189-210
  6. Rurality, community and development

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 275-282

About this book


Economy, society, and environment comprise the three main dimensions of sustainable development but too often they are considered separately. This book, by comparison, examines the interaction of the three dimensions in the context of rural systems, embracing a wide range of topics, including globalisation and reregulation in sustainable food production, conservation and sustainability, the development of sustainable rural communities, and sustainable rural-urban interaction. An international team of geographers, drawn from the International Geographical Union's Commission on The Sustainability of Rural Systems, summarises the basis of unsustainable rural development in these topics, the remedial policies being pursued, and their own evaluations of the policies. Rather than deal just with generalisations, their analyses are illustrated by detailed case studies drawn from a variety of rural systems in both developed and developing countries.


development globalization networks production sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • Ian R. Bowler
    • 1
  • Christopher R. Bryant
    • 2
  • Christopher Cocklin
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK
  2. 2.Département de GéographieUniversité de MontréalMontréalCanada
  3. 3.Department of GeographyMonash UniversityAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5978-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-3471-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-5499
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