Editor: Angela T. Ragusa

Rural Lifestyles, Community Well-Being and Social Change: Lessons from Country Australia for Global Citizens

eBook: US $39 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $201
Printed Copy: US $182
Library License: US $156
ISBN: 978-1-60805-803-7 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-802-0 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2014
DOI: 10.2174/97816080580201140101


In our increasingly global world, individuals are highly mobile and interconnected. Politics, policies and technologies foster interconnection amongst and within countries as individuals relocate from one place to another. One key issue facing developed and developing countries is urban overcrowding. In Australia, urban density is one factor prompting institutions and individuals to embrace ‘rural revival’ as a possible solution to urban congestion and rural decline. In the past decade, rural Australia has received heightened publicity and interest as a lifestyle destination encouraged by national decentralization policies to alleviate urban overcrowding, particularly the metropolises Melbourne and Sydney, regional councils’ marketing initiatives and international refugee relocation.

Rural communities struggle in contrast with urban counterparts for several, often complex, reasons. The ‘realities’ of rural life are frequently marginalized while marketing campaigns evoke stereotypical imagery of idyllic lifestyles and bucolic pastures to sell dreams of country bliss to fatigued urbanites.

This edited e-book is a collection of articles that explores ‘rural realities’ of country life in Australia for global audiences interested in rurality, health and well-being. By transcending disciplinary-specific boundaries, this multi-disciplinary book not only presents contemporary challenges, but also equips readers with evidence-based knowledge to improve resilience in communities and individuals facing key issues such as aging, depression, disability, environmental degradation, limited service delivery and social isolation. Utilizing a variety of social science research methods, each chapter will enhance readers’ insights about rural amenities, geography, identity, culture, health and governance which impact wellbeing and lifestyle satisfaction. Collectively, this book exposes readers to ideas from a dynamic range of experts in the humanities, social and natural sciences to encourage a holistic approach to developing solutions for a complex social world.

The content of this volume will interest a wide audience of graduates and undergraduates, researchers, professional practitioners and policymakers involved with non-profit and government organizations, and interested community members.


- Pp. i
Andrew Vann
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- Pp. ii-vi (5)
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List of Contributors

- Pp. vii-viii (2)
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Who Owns the Landscape; and is there a Right to a View?

- Pp. 3-44 (42)
Max Staples
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The Urban Push for Environmental Amenity: The Impact of Lifestyle Migration on Local Housing Markets and Communities

- Pp. 45-106 (62)
Nicholas Osbaldiston, Felicity Picken
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Social and Economic Change in Rural Communities: The Lachlan Region of New South Wales Between the 1920s and 1940s

- Pp. 107-144 (38)
Robert Tierney, Kevin A. Parton
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Resettling Refugees in Rural Areas: Africans, Burmese, Bhutanese and Afghans in the Riverina NSW, Australia

- Pp. 145-205 (61)
Ndungi wa Mungai
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The Impact of Rurality on Depression in Rural Australia: Socio- Cultural Reflections for Social Change

- Pp. 206-252 (47)
Stephanie J. Johnson, Angela T. Ragusa
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Australian Mental Health Nursing: The Challenges of Working in Rural and Remote Communities

- Pp. 253-299 (47)
Angela T. Ragusa, Andrew Crowther
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Being A Nursing or Paramedic Student in Rural and Regional Australia: Profiles and Challenges

- Pp. 300-337 (38)
Jennifer Cox, Patricia Logan, Alicia Curtis
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Technological Social Inclusion of Rural and Regional Seniors and Well-Being

- Pp. 338-379 (42)
Oliver K. Burmeister
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Workplace Learning as a Strategy to Develop a Rural Health Workforce

- Pp. 380-415 (36)
Megan Smith
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Paucity Management in Human Services Delivery in Remote and Rural Communities

- Pp. 416-472 (57)
Susan Mlcek
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Water, An Essential Resource and Potential Health Risk! Rural Perceptions, Awareness and Knowledge of Health Risks

- Pp. 473-514 (42)
Andrea Crampton
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From the Home Paddocks to the Digital Universe: The Competing Voices of Fourw

- Pp. 515-567 (53)
Derek Motion, David Gilbey
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- Pp. 568-571 (4)
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