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2024-2 “Rural futures in peri-urban areas”

Guest editors: Maarten Loopmans and Adnan Mirhanoglu

Changes at the rural-urban fringe have received ample academic attention in high-income western economies (Thissen et al., 2021). Processes like suburbanisation or rural gentrification have blurred the boundary between city and countryside, forming hybrid social, economic and spatial orders in peri-urban areas (Qviström, 2007; Woods, 2009; Fertner, 2013). In middle and low-income countries, such processes have attracted less scholarly attention. Nonetheless, the growth of the middle classes in upper-middle income economies like China, Russia or Turkey and their consequent insertion into rural and peri-urban areas (Kocabıyık, Loopmans, 2021; Mamonova, Sutherland, 2015; Kan, 2021), has triggered a debate about the globalisation of peri-urban processes and its theoretical consequences (Phillips, Smith, 2018; Wu, Keil, 2020). It challenges the Anglo-American hegemony in urban and rural studies, and calls for a multi-centered theorising of peri-urbanization (Mbiba, Huchzermeyer, 2002; Kong, Qian, 2019).

In many studies, peri-urban areas are studied as areas ‘in transition’ towards urban, as ‘not-yet-urban’ (Kan, 2019; Rauws, De Roo, 2011; Simon, 2008; Darling, 2005). Such a perspective ignores the persistence of rural dimensions and practices in these areas, and their particular role in constituting the peri-urban zone (Capodaglio, 2017; Taylor et al, 2017; Zasada, 2011). This special issue discusses the place of the rural in the peri-urban zone, while also addressing its challenges and tensions. We focus in particular on food production and its relation to land and water in peri-urban areas. In doing so, we hope to provide answers to the question ‘what future for rurality in peri-urban areas?’. By presenting multiple case studies from different parts of the Eurasian continent, we also hope to contribute to the decentering of peri-urban theories and provide a wider perspective of experiences.

Deadlines:
The proposals
have to be sent to Belgeo, c/o Christian Vandermotten (christian.vandermotten@ulb.be) before the end of February 2023.
The papers are expected before the end of May 2023.

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Kan K. (2019), “Accumulation without dispossession? Land commodification and rent extraction in peri‐urban China”, Int. J. Urban Reg. Res., 4, pp. 663-648.

Kocabıyık C., Loopmans M. (2021), “Seasonal gentrification and its (dis)contents: Exploring the temporalities of rural change in a Turkish small town”, J. Rural Stud., 87, pp. 482-493.

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