new-logo-fb.gifThe objectives of the Association are to: foster the development of rural sociology; further the application of sociological inquiry to the improvement of the quality of rural life; and provide a mechanism whereby rural sociologists can generate dialogue and useful exchange.

New book: Disrupting Territories: Land, Commodification and Conflict in Sudan

bookA new book edited by Jörg Gertel, Richard Rottenburg and Sandra Calkins seeks to disentangle the emerging relationships between people and land in Sudan. The first part of the book focuses on the spatial impact of resource-extracting economies while the second part presents detailed ethnographic case studies. These show how rural people experience “their” land vis-à-vis the latest wave of privatization and commercialization of land rights.

 For further details and an offer for the book please read attached PDF file.

Preliminary announcement: XIV World Congress of Rural Sociology 2016

Toronto, Canada August 10-14, 2016
Sustainable and Just Rural Transitions: Connections and Complexities

Global environmental changes, shifting resource scarcities, deepening social inequalities, both innovation and crisis in urban centers, and new patterns of voluntary and involuntary migrations are among the conditions and dynamics now shaping the futures of rural places and people. Intensifying and intertwining forces of commodification, industrialization, neoliberalization and globalization over the last several decades have produced uneven and arguably illusory gains, given evidence of the increasingly precarious position of labor and livelihoods throughout the rural world and the widespread distribution of environmental harm and ecological degradation. Within these general patterns and trends, circumstances can vary greatly across rural contexts within and between continents. In the coming months, we will invite session submissions that invoke the overarching theme of the XIV World Congress of Rural Sociology: the connections and complexities shaping the prospects for sustainable and just rural transitions in the present era of crisis and change.

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New book: Seasonal Workers in Mediterranean Agriculture

seasonalworkersinmediterraneanagricultureOver the last three decades there has been a rapid expansion of intensive production of fresh fruit and vegetables in the Mediterranean regions of south and west Europe. Much of this depends on migrating workers for seasonal labour, including from Eastern Europe, North Africa and Latin America. This book edited by Jörg Gertel and Sarah Ruth Sippel is the first to address global agro-migration complexes across the region. For further details see attached flyer and visit the website of the book.

Ethical Trade, Gender and Sustainable Livelihoods

book2014_smithKiah Smith has published a book on Ethical Trade, Gender and Sustainable Livelihoods. Through an in-depth case study of smallholder subsistence and French bean farming in Kenya, the book grounds the analysis of livelihoods, gender and ethical trade in women smallholders’ perspectives, links the macro level of markets with the micro level of livelihoods, and engenders relations of power, structure and agency in food networks. Read more on the attached presentation, or at the publishers website.

Sustainable Food system

book2014_marsdenmorleyBuilding a New Paradigm – Building a New Paradigm, a new book edited by Terry Marsden and Adrian Morley is now published by Routledge. In response to the challenges of a growing population and food security, there is an urgent need to construct a new agri-food sustainability paradigm. This book brings together an integrated range of key social science insights exploring the contributions and interventions necessary to build this framework. Read more about the book in the attached presentation, or visit the publishers website

PRESIDENT’S CORNER – The International Year of Family Farming

2014 has been designated by the United Nations as the International Year of Family Farming. It is estimated that there are over 500 million small-holder/family farms worldwide and that these farms provide food for up to 2 billion people (the majority in the developing world). Some 85% of smallholder farms operate on no more than about 4 acres (1.6 hectares) of land. Yet, these small-scale operations occupy about 60% of the world’s arable land. With such a significant presence it is obvious that small-scale, family, farming is very important not only to food provision, but also to ensuring biodiversity and the protection of natural resources. What is the future of the family farm?
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Call for papers, research seminar: “Towards an Internatioanl Network for Studying Food Habits”

The Chair of “Food Studies: Food, Culture and Health” at Taylor’s Toulouse University Centre invites submissions of papers and posters relevant to the theme “Towards an International Network for Studying Food Habits”. The Research Seminar will be helt at Taylor’s University, Subang Jaya, Malaysia at 20th and 21 May 2014. Abstract deadline March 25, 2014. For further details please read attached PDF.

Revised times for submission of abstracts and papers for the 5th International Conference of the Asian Rural Sociological Association

arsa_logo2The Programme Committe for the 5th International Conference of the Asian Rural Sociological Assocation decided to expand the deadlines of abstracts and full papers. New deadline for Abstracts: February 15, 2014. New deadline for Full Papers: March 31, 2014. For further details please see the attached Revised ARSA 2nd Circular.

Lifestyles, Community Well-Being and Social Change: Lessons from Country Australia for Global Citizens

Rural-Lifestyles-300Bentham Science Publishers has published a new E-book titled “Rural Lifestyles, Community Well-Being and Social Change: Lessons from Country Australia for Global Citizens” edited by Angela T. Ragusa. This edited e-book is a collection of articles that explores ‘rural realities’ of country life in Australia for global audiences interested in rurality, health and well-being. Read further on the publishers website.