Contemporary interest in food is not confined to pleasure in its
consumption, but extends in every direction: to its economic
importance, the semiotics of food taste, the dangers of food
additives and the politics of food security. We live in societies
as dominated by food preferences as by sexual preferences, as
obsessed about eating too little as by eating too much. In
addition our interest in food is associated, for good and evil,
with our interest in ‘nature’.
Providing an overview of rural sociology, this title calls for the reinterpretation of rural life in light of the profound changes affecting the countryside. It offers case studies that demonstrate the need for a reinvigorated rural sociology. Tackling contentious issues, it presents a model for rural sociology and assesses its role in society.From fox-hunting to farming, the vigour with which rural activities and living are defended overturns received notions of a sleepy and complacent countryside. Alongside these developments, the rise of the organic food movement has helped to revitalize...
Many developing countries are currently in the process of restructuring their economies towards
a more market-oriented production. This process had been initiated inter alia by efforts under
the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to progressively liberalize international
markets. More than 100 developing countries are now Members of the WTO. Since its
establishment in early 1995, it became evident that progressively subjecting national production
to market forces can have both positive and negative effects on Members’ economies, societies
The RBI formulates implements and monitors the monetary policy. It is responsible for regulating
non-banking financial services companies, which operate like banks but are otherwise not
permitted to carry on the business of banking.
An increasing number of people are moving
between developing countries or internally. South-
South migration is nearly as large as South-North
migration. Approximately 74 million or nearly half the
migrants from developing countries reside in other
developing countries. Intraregional and domestic
migration in developing countries is often far more
important than overseas migration in terms of the
number of people involved, especially from rural
Several main observations are developed in the discussion below. First, while geographic
availability of depository services to areas not served by private banks was always a
prime justification of postal savings – in the United States as well as in Japan and Europe
– it has not proved to be the major source of demand for postal savings, even if it was
important to a few rural customers. From the start, the U.S.
The Ramsar Convention defined the wise use of peatlands as “their sustainable
use for the benefit of mankind in a way compatible with the maintenance of the
natural properties of the ecosystem.” Land sustainability relates to definite periods
and land uses.
The dehesa is an ancient agrosilvopastoral system created by farmers to raise livestock,
mainly on private lands. This system is highly appreciated by society and enjoys legal
protection of the authorities because it is rich in biodiversity, a home to critically
endangered species (Iberian lynx, imperial eagle and black vulture); a significant carbon
sink; ethnologically and anthropologically valuable (culture and traditions); and is known
for its scenic value.
This paper describes the challenges of decentralisation and privatisation of rural services from the perspective of communication strategy development. The wave of decentralisation and privatisation in rural services worldwide creates challenges for rural communities, service providers and local governments. Local organisations – both in government and civil society – are confronted with rules and procedures that are unprecedented. The new roles require significant changes in attitudes, skills, and especially a new level of accountability. ...
International migrants include rural and urban
women and men with different socio-economic
profiles and ages. Some are highly educated and
specialized people (whose migration is referred to
as ‘brain drain’). Some are poor people for whom
migration is a subsistence strategy. The United
Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates that
the typical profile of migrants comprises young
women and men from 15 to 35 years of age,
generally belonging to medium and low socio-
economic groups, but not to the poorest segments
of society (Hatton and Williamson 2004, 1-30).
The biggest losers have been the most vulnerable
and disadvantaged groups in society, especially
rural women and men in developing countries.
Three out of four poor people in developing
countries live in rural areas, and most depend on
agriculture or related activities for their livelihoods.
According to a World Bank country rating study, in
agriculture-based countries – those where
agriculture contributes an average of 32 per cent
of GDP growth – 70 per cent of poor people live in
There is in human affairs a reason for everything we see, although not always reason in everything. It is the
part of the historian to seek in the archives of a nation the reasons for the facts of common experience and
observation, it is the part of the philosopher to moralize upon antecedent causes and present results. Neither of
these positions is taken up by the author of this little book. He merely, as a rule, gives the picture of Dutch life
now to be seen in the Netherlands, and in all things tries to be scrupulously fair to a people renowned for their
Several countries are now collaborating with each other to use satellite for tele-
education and tele-medicine. Space technology has now proliferated into everyday life
particularly in developing economies through wireless communication, navigation, disaster
communication, tele-education and tele-health care (Sengupta, 2008). Not only developing
but developed nations are also using benefits of satellite system.