Title: Farming and folklore in the contested countryside: the ‘Year of the Village’ (1978) and the transformation of the Farmers’ Union in Flanders
Authors: Bisschop, Chantal ×
Emmery, Rien #
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: British Agricultural History Society
Series Title: Agricultural History Review vol:60 issue:1 pages:97-116
Abstract: In the twentieth century, the countryside of densely populated Flanders was increasingly contested by the competing interests of agriculture, recreation, rural housing and industrial development. However, Flanders’ largest agricultural organization – the Boerenbond – managed to retain its hegemonic position in this multi-purpose countryside by dividing into dual networks of highly specialized Farmers’ Guilds and non-professional ‘Rural Guilds’. This paper mainly deals with the Flemish ‘Year of the Village’ (1978) and the pivotal role it played in the achievement of this transformation. Seemingly a governmental campaign to promote rural awareness, we will show that the ‘Year of the Village’ was actually conceived and planned by the Boerenbond’s public relation services and subsequently monopolized by the newly-founded Rural Guilds
ISSN: 0002-1490
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Modernity & Society 1800-2000, Leuven
Interfaculty Centre for Agrarian History
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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