EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

ANALYSING THE RURAL VITALITY ARGUMENT FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT: LINKING DISCOURSES AND ACTUAL SPATIAL DEVELOPMENTS

Evelien van Rij and Eric Koomen ()

Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 2010, vol. 101, issue 5, 583-595

Abstract: In the heated debate on new residential development in the countryside, rural vitality is used in three different discourses: the agri-rural, utilitarian and hedonist. Discussions on the future of the Dutch countryside in general and a designated National Landscape north of Amsterdam in particular illustrate how the term rural vitality, depending on the discourse, is used to either support or oppose residential development. As in the region studied, the utilitarian discourse is increasingly important and its consequences – residential development in a highly valued landscape – are most controversial, we chose to evaluate its validity. This quantitative evaluation makes use of a geographical information system (GIS) and highly detailed spatial data. The results show no clear relationship between the construction of houses and different indicators of rural vitality such as employment and facility levels. Therefore, we question the validity of the utilitarian discourses' argument for supporting residential development.

Keywords: Rural vitality; socio‐economic development; discourse; spatial analysis; open space preservation; spatial planning (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (1) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://hdl.handle.net/10.1111/j.1467-9663.2010.00637.x

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:bla:tvecsg:v:101:y:2010:i:5:p:583-595

Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
http://www.blackwell ... bs.asp?ref=0040-747X

Access Statistics for this article

Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie is currently edited by Jan van Weesep

More articles in Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie from Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Wiley Content Delivery ().

 
Page updated 2022-05-12
Handle: RePEc:bla:tvecsg:v:101:y:2010:i:5:p:583-595