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Literacy Skills as Local Intangible Capital

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Book Series: Studia Fennica Historica ISBN: 9789522227973 9789522227966 9789522227393 Year: Pages: 368 DOI: 10.21435/sfh.21 Language: English
Publisher: Finnish Literature Society / SKS Grant: Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation grant and SKS
Subject: Linguistics
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"This book studies the ”grey area” of the success story of rural lending libraries in the Nordic countries through the activities of people’s libraries in one area of Central Finland. The study explores the influence of social, cultural, geographical and economic phenomena, such as the spread of revivalist movements, on the reading habits of the local population and reveals interesting reasons why the establishment of elementary schools and popular libraries and the growth of functional literacy did not automaticallyincrease the informational capital of the common people of remote regions or lead to their social advancement. This study represents a methodological experiment in describing the life history of a people’s library. The combination of collective biographical and transnational comparative methods with rarely utilized original sources in this study is innovative and has not been used before in Finnish historical research on functional literacy and popular libraries. The advantage of the comparison is that it reveals the attitudes to libraries that were characteristic of each of the cultures involved.
For the people of the Finnish countryside in the late nineteenth century, libraries represented a way of acquiring new information that was still strange and unwelcome. The distribution of immaterial capital was extremely unevenwith regard to age, gender and social rank. In the earlier Finnish research has not very often been analysed, how the communal status of the peasant reader and his or her personal networks in the local community affected the quality of his or her reading habits. This book shows, that the location of the library in its local community and on the other hand the status and position of its customers in their networks, had a great significance on the use of the library and thus to the improvement of reading skills."

Gendered Rural Spaces

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Book Series: Studia Fennica Ethnologica ISBN: 9789522221544 9789522228024 9789522228031 Year: Pages: 158 DOI: 10.21435/sfe.12 Language: English
Publisher: Finnish Literature Society / SKS Grant: Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation
Subject: Education --- Gender Studies --- Sociology --- Social Sciences --- History
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Rural spaces are connected with different cultural, economic, social and political codes and meanings. In this book these meanings are analysed trough gender. The articles concretely show the process of producing gender and the ways in which accepted gender-based behaviour has been constructed at different times and in different groups. Discussion of gendered spaces leads to wider questions such as power relations and displacement in society. The changing rural processes are analysed on the micro level, and the focus is set on how these changes affect people’s everyday lives. Answers are looked for questions like how are individuals responding to these changes? What are their strategies, solutions and tactics? How have they experienced the change process?

La città in campagna e la campagna in città. Architettura e natura. Atti del IV Convegno diffuso internazionale San Venanzo, Terni, 13-17 settembre 2016

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Book Series: Paesaggi: città, natura, infrastrutture - Open Access ISBN: 9788891757975 Year: Language: Italian
Publisher: FrancoAngeli
Subject: Architecture
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The volume collects the proceedings of the IV international widespread convention held in September 2016 in San Venanzo (Italy) within the event "Architecture and Nature - Simonetta Bastelli Award". It is divided into as many sections as were the days and the different topics addressed: "The network/The systems", "City in the Countryside", "Countryside in the City", in addition to the lectio magistralis of the Portuguese landscape designer João Ferreira Nunes and the conference of Perry Maas of the Rotterdam WEST 8 design team - Urban Design & Landscape Architecture. The intent of the publication, as well as of the convention, is to understand the relationships and interdependencies existing between the city and the countryside in intlight of a new model of sustainable development.

Alternative countrysides

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ISBN: 9780719096846 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Manchester University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101898
Subject: Ethnology
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A fresh anthropological look at a central but neglected topic: the profound changes in rural life throughout Western Europe today. As locals leave for jobs in cities they are replaced by neo-hippies, lifestyle-seekers, eco-activists, and labour migrants from beyond the EU.With detailed ethnographic examples, contributors analyse new modes of living rurally and emerging forms of social organisation. As incomers’ dreams come up against residents’ realities, they detail the clashes and the cooperations between old and new residents. They make us rethink the rural/urban divide, investigate regionalists’ politicisation of rural life and heritage, and reveal how locals use EU monies to prop up or challenge existing hierarchies. They expose the consequences of and reactions to grand EU-restructuring policies, which at times threaten to turn the countryside into a manicured playground for escapee urbanites.This book will appeal to anyone seriously interested in the realities of rural life.

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