We are discussing rural-urban relations in the era of COVID-19 on the Rural Sociology blog! Share your reflections
** Special online discussion on rural-urban relations**
Bettina Bock and Jessica Duncan
How are the interactions and dependencies between rural, peri-urban and urban areas changing at this moment?
Let us know! Comment below or #ROBUST #RuralUrban
The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the foundation of our societies, painfully demonstrating the enormous difference residency makes for your risk of infection, as well as your chance of medical treatment. Shockingly clear are also the social differences in threats resulting from the societal lockdown – in terms of income security, access to education, as well as housing, shelter, and food. Though known before with earlier pandemics, COVID-19 has swiftly exposed and exacerbated social inequalities and injustice within and across countries.
It also triggers changes in rural-urban relations, while underlining their importance. For example, rural areas have been widely perceived as offering a safe haven from the virus, given their lower population density. This…
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