Rural Sentiment as Ecological Capital

For many the changes that have occurred in rural Ireland over the last half century have mirrored a disengagement from the traditional patterns of life that had embedded a set of values and practices which allowed rural communities to coexist with their surrounding environment. With the onset of a technologically driven agribusiness sector, mass production and scientisation drove a wedge between rural dwellers and their hinterland. Farming would become synonymous with over production, fish kills derived from slurry spillages and images of EU subsidies for nonproduction in the wake of the ‘butter mountains’ and ‘gravy lakes’ which stemmed from unsustainable practices. In the era of globalised production local production for local markets came to be dismissed as small minded thinking. The damage caused to local interactions between communities and hinterlands was significant.


Social Capital Social Movement Irish Society Movement Leader Political Opportunity Structure 
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