Rural Space Between Marginality and Centrality. Approaches to Marginality Issues in Rural Areas

  • Walter LeimgruberEmail author
  • Chang-yi David Chang
Part of the Perspectives on Geographical Marginality book series (PGEO, volume 4)


Rural areas and their inhabitants are often considered as being at the margin of societies. However, this is a myopic perspective as it ignores the key role the rural space plays for humanity as provider of primary products (food and others). Also, it serves human recreation and is vital for the natural ecosystem. Playing off urban versus rural spaces is therefore a wrong debate because in reality there is often no clear distinction between the two; rather they merge in the zone of rurban transition. Besides, town and countryside are complementary and essential for human societies.


Rural–urban continuum Biodiversity Definition of marginality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Fribourg/CHFribourgSwitzerland
  2. 2.National Taiwan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan
  3. 3.Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal ArtsTaipeiTaiwan

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