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The resituated rural: exploring narratives beyond the empty Spain

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    Identifier: imarina:9332004
  • Authors:

    Castelló, E
    Journal Of Spanish Cultural Studies
    10.1080/14636204.2023.2272044
    Journal Of Spanish Cultural Studies. 24 (4): 529-544
  • Others:

    Author, as appears in the article.: Castelló, E
    Department: Estudis de Comunicació
    URV's Author/s: Castelló Cogollos, Enric
    Keywords: Rural spain Rural imaginaries Rural idyll Resituated rural Idyll Empty spain rural imaginaries rural idyll resituated rural empty spain
    Abstract: The controversies surrounding the rural have generated a lively discussion in Spain. Notions of “empty Spain” have gained momentum since the second half of the 2010s while the mainstream media have continued to replicate negative stereotypes and narratives about the countryside: the lack of opportunities, abandoned villages, economic depression and impoverished cultural life. These clichés, though grounded in the difficult realities of these spaces, come from a background of stigmatized depictions of the rural. However, these mainstream narratives may conceal alternative perspectives that allow new representations. The author proposes the notion of the resituated rural to refer to these new narratives and identifies three markers: the determination to leave behind victimization; the rejection of rural stereotyping; and the commitment to values rooted in cultural identities, sustainability concerns, social justice and gender equity. To illustrate this notion, the author reviews cultural works ranging from novels and feature films to documentaries about agriculture and nature, as well as magazines producing quality journalism on a variety of media platforms and social networks. The article argues that the resituated rural provides alternatives to hegemonic storytelling, avoids polarized apocalyptic or idyllic scenarios and explains the Spanish countryside as a “livable space”, thus offering critical insights for the construction of acceptable futures.
    Thematic Areas: Media studies and communication History Historia General o multidisciplinar Film and theatre studies Cultural studies Ciencias sociales Ciencias humanas Antropología
    licence for use: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/es/
    Author's mail: enric.castello@urv.cat
    Author identifier: 0000-0003-2154-2450
    Record's date: 2024-07-20
    Papper version: info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
    Link to the original source: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14636204.2023.2272044
    Licence document URL: http://repositori.urv.cat/ca/proteccio-de-dades/
    Papper original source: Journal Of Spanish Cultural Studies. 24 (4): 529-544
    APA: Castelló, E (2023). The resituated rural: exploring narratives beyond the empty Spain. Journal Of Spanish Cultural Studies, 24(4), 529-544. DOI: 10.1080/14636204.2023.2272044
    Article's DOI: 10.1080/14636204.2023.2272044
    Entity: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
    Journal publication year: 2023
    Publication Type: Journal Publications
  • Keywords:

    Cultural Studies,History
    Rural spain
    Rural imaginaries
    Rural idyll
    Resituated rural
    Idyll
    Empty spain
    rural imaginaries
    rural idyll
    resituated rural
    empty spain
    Media studies and communication
    History
    Historia
    General o multidisciplinar
    Film and theatre studies
    Cultural studies
    Ciencias sociales
    Ciencias humanas
    Antropología
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