Rights, citizenship and access to the countryside
Ravenscroft, N., (1996) Rights, citizenship and access to the countryside. Working Papers in Land Management & Development. 48/96. Working Paper. University of Reading, Reading. pp22.
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This paper presents a reading of current UK Government policy on recreational access to the countryside of England, in terms of its citizenship and rights agenda. Given the continuity of traditional forms of land tenure and occupation, it is argued that the policy is less of recognition of the changing needs of a tranisitory society than it is a revisionist menifesto for resisting external influence and change. This is particularly so in terms of recreation, where the underlying organisation of the physical environment has been appropriated to reproduce a reflection of the social order which increasingly descriminates between culturally legitimate and illegitimate uses of rural space.