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What Is Shaping Rural Areas in Europe? Introduction

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In recent decades, most rural areas in Europe have undergone socioeconomic decline and restructuring, shifting from densely populated spaces dominated by primary sector-based economic activities, particularly agriculture, to sparsely populated and multifunctional spaces of production and consumption. In these new spaces, agriculture and forest production are combined with other functions and economic activities linked in particular to environmental or nature conservation concerns or to the tourism industry.

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  • Rural Dweller
  • Rural Tourism
  • Remote Rural Area
  • Populated Space
  • Urban Representation

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The editors would like to thank the colleagues who commented on the book project and facilitated the publication at Springer. Special thanks go out to the organisation of the 10th Congress of the SIEF, to all participants in the conference session and to all the contributors to this volume.

Luís Silva is also grateful to the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) for its support through a postdoctoral fellowship (SFRH/BPD/34229/2006).

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Silva, L., Figueiredo, E. (2013). What Is Shaping Rural Areas in Europe? Introduction. In: Silva, L., Figueiredo, E. (eds) Shaping Rural Areas in Europe. GeoJournal Library, vol 107. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6796-6_1

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