In Search of the Rurban Idyll? Developing the Residential Rural Areas in Finland
Hämeenaho, P. (2013). In Search of the Rurban Idyll? Developing the Residential Rural Areas in Finland. In Shaping Rural Areas in Europe. Perceptions and Outcomes on the Present and the Future (pp. 181-195). GeoJournal Library (107). Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-6796-6
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This research focuses on perceptions of rurality in Finland. The chapter presents two different ways of delineating contemporary rural living: the approach of the Finnish Rural Policy Committee and the alternative approach arising from definitions given by the people living in rural Finland. The main aim is to study how the cultural meanings that rural residents attach to their home environments relate to the official vision of ‘Residential Rural Areas’ proposed by the Rural Policy Committee. This is done by comparing the experiential knowledge of rural residents to the official vision of future rurality. The research provides knowledge that can be used to evaluate the cultural sustainability of proposed development actions. This ethnographic research is grounded on fieldwork conducted during 2009 in rural areas of Central Finland.