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My village is dying? Integrating methods from the inside out

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posted on 2020-06-17, 00:00 authored by P Peters, Dean Carson, R Porter, A Vuin, D Carson, P Ensign
The purpose of this paper is to confront the notion of “decline” at the village level by illustrating a more immersive approach to sociological and demographic research within rural and remote communities. The research uses case studies of three villages in Australia, Canada, and Sweden, all of which have been labeled as “declining villages,” typified by population loss, an aging population, high rates of youth outmigration, and loss of businesses and services. This paper argues that focusing solely on quantitative indicators of demographic change provides a narrow view of rural village trajectories and ignores subtle processes of local adaptation that are hidden from quantitative data sets. Our research integrates quantitative data from the “outside” with qualitative data from the “inside,” including visual ethnography, to develop a more balanced perspective on how villages have been changing and what change could mean locally. These objectives are accomplished by revisiting a Dirt Research methodology applicable to a broad range of research into rural and remote villages.

History

Volume

55

Issue

3

Start Page

451

End Page

475

Number of Pages

25

eISSN

1755-618X

ISSN

1755-6171

Publisher

Wiley

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • No

External Author Affiliations

Carleton University, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada;

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Journal

Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue canadienne de sociologie

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