Rural Gentrification and Growing Regional Tourism: New Development in South Central Appalachia
States and Citizens: Accommodation, Facilitation and Resistance to Globalization
ISBN: 978-1-78560-181-1, eISBN: 978-1-78560-180-4
Publication date: 11 November 2015
This chapter provides theoretical conceptualizations to (1) better understand the phenomenon of rural gentrification and (2) the links between rural gentrification and regional tourism development, using a case study in south central Appalachia.
This ethnographic study relies on the results of a series of interviews and instances of participant observation.
Affluent newcomers often implement development projects through the injection of private capital into public-seeming projects like community-based organizations (CBOs). These projects offer partial solutions to the problem of failing local economies. However, they also have the potential to reinforce class structures and push narrowly perceived development processes.
A critical evaluation of rural gentrification may be useful to CBOs and local governments leading development projects in rural areas.
The phenomenon of rural gentrification warrants critical examination of current development agendas being proposed or implemented.
Leebrick, R.A. (2015), "Rural Gentrification and Growing Regional Tourism: New Development in South Central Appalachia", States and Citizens: Accommodation, Facilitation and Resistance to Globalization (Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Vol. 34), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 215-234. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0278-120420150000034009
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