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In defence of rural life

By Elizabeth Kirkwood  

Town and country

What is the culture of the countryside? What does it consist of, if it exists at all?

We could all, perhaps, offer a rather bland and romantic definition which would involve all things green and leafy. Yet, undeniably, a dominant perception of the distinction between town and country is one predicated on an absence of that amorphous beast—”culture”—within the rural.

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