Rural: Is It Worth Saving?
Rural areas throughout the developed world are experiencing a crisis, and Newfoundland and Labrador is no different: loss of services, youth out-migration, economic collapse, environmental challenges, struggles in governance and a culture of poverty. The crisis of rural communities is not simply an economic or structural crisis, but also a social and cultural one. Can rural Newfoundland and Labrador be saved? Should we even bother? Dr. Ivan Emke, associate professor and program chair of Social/Cultural Studies, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, outlines some ways in which we can think more broadly and holistically about the nature of rural areas in a modern, globalizing era. Return to the event page