Understanding the Association between Rural Ethnicity and Inequalities

Authored by: Ruth McAreavey

Routledge International Handbook of Rural Studies

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138804371
eBook ISBN: 9781315753041
Adobe ISBN: 9781317619864


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This chapter examines inequalities arising from ethnicity in a rural context. It identifies how different factors, including recent patterns of international migration and historical legacies of ethnic diversity, intertwine to produce multicultural rural areas. First of all, an overview of the significance of the ‘ethnic’ label is presented, recognising its limitations and also its usefulness. Having established this context the review proceeds by highlighting the way in which rural ethnic inequalities are measured. The processes that produce inequalities among ethnic groups are examined, with particular attention to migration and space and place but mindful of historical legacies along with economic transformations and associated recent migration patterns.

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