Town and Country Roger Scruton

ISBN: 9780099276982

Published: December 7th 1999

paperback

288 pages


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Town and Country  by  Roger Scruton

Town and Country by Roger Scruton
December 7th 1999 | paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 288 pages | ISBN: 9780099276982 | 10.25 Mb

In the 1940s, HJ Massingham, documentor of rural England, described the concept of picturesque as a giant worm that had trailed its slime across the countryside. In the late 1990s the debate was alive as ever with the Countryside Alliance (leadMoreIn the 1940s, HJ Massingham, documentor of rural England, described the concept of picturesque as a giant worm that had trailed its slime across the countryside.

In the late 1990s the debate was alive as ever with the Countryside Alliance (lead mainly by the pro-hunting lobby) complaining that city dwellers ignorance was destroying rural traditions. In fact, hunting is a tiny part of the conflicts troubling the countryside.

Town And Country brings together leading academics, environmentalists, historians, anthropologists, urban planners, farmers, journalists and politicians to discuss the dilemmas in depth. The 28 essays question many ingrained ideas. The book debunks the image of the farm family, discusses heritage culture and tackles a multitude of issues such as car culture, organic farming, rural housing shortages, animal rights, self-sufficiency, commuter villages, conservation, new towns and lack of public transport. It wonders how long Britain will be able to retain its unique landscape of higgledy-piggledy, misshapen fields before the land is bulldozed into the angular, characterless, industrial-agriculture landscape of other European countries.Town And Country explores countryside issues from all angles, analysing the views of everyone from The Soil Association to The Movement for Middle England.

Rather than just highlighting the problems, it suggests solutions. It also points out that though urbanites may have romantic, unrealistic notions of quaint country life, the rural populations view of unfriendly, polluted, greedy city life can be just as stereotyped. --Sarah Champion



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