A sense of rurality: Events, placemaking and community participation in a small Welsh town

Lucia Aquilino, John Harris, Nicholas Wise

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Abstract

This paper focuses on an event, the World Alternative Games (WAG), as a site for the development and maintenance of community. The research shows how a rural community uses its own interpretation of space to create new activities, inspire collaborative development and promote tourism within a particular locale. Drawing upon ethnographic research undertaken at the third edition of the WAG in 2016, it provides a social constructivist account of community participation. Activities, interactions and symbolic connections occurring in the spaces of Britain's smallest town shed light on the processes through which a sense of rurality develops in relation to an out-of-the-ordinary use of the rural landscape.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-145
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Rural Studies
Volume83
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Events
  • Experience
  • Place
  • Wales

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

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