Projecting the ‘Disadvantaged’: Project Class, Scale Hopping and the Creation of Ruralities

  • Alexandra Szőke
Part of the GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 107)


This chapter focuses on the recent projectification of development and the results of this process for rural localities in Hungary. Drawing on anthropological fieldwork in Kislapos, a small village in Northern Hungary, the chapter discusses the collision of different views held by various actors in a development programme targeted at ‘disadvantaged micro-regions’. It shows that the new frames of rural/regional development and decentralisation led to the rise of a variety of actors who have gained supreme importance for local development in rural places. It delineates the characteristics that arise from the particular position of this new ‘project class’ by utilising the conceptual tools of scales to describe their differentiated access to knowledge, networks, ideas and other resources, as well as their different levels of agency. As such, the chapter furthers recent theorisations on the importance of geographical and social scale for the analysis of development actors and their effects on rural areas.


European Union Intellectual Capital Local Official Local Inhabitant Project Class 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Social AnthropologyCentral European UniversityBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Max Planck Institute for Social AnthropologyHalleGermany

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