7. Post-rural development

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Post-rural areas are characterised by social and economic dynamics produced by a large number of heterogeneous actors working on the contestation and re-assertion of local identity and the control over immaterial assets. My research consequently focused on the possibility for governing the complex relationship between stable and transient actors and the multiple tensions (e.g. resident vs. tourists, local vs. global, real vs. virtual, ancient vs. postmodern, tradition vs. innovation) these generate. The use of dedicate processes for  creating “listening territories” able to integrate local planning and management strategies has been also explored.

On this research line see, for instance:

C. Certomà (2014) Chianti Experiences. Turning a post-local place into a listening territory, ETS, Pisa; Battaglia, C. Certomà, M. Frey (forth.) “A critical interpretation of the “quality of place”. Between attractiveness and post-rurality”, Archivio di Studi Urbani e Regionali; Certomà (2011) “Standing-up vineyards. The political relevance of Tuscan wine production”, Environment and Planning D, 29