International award for a book that challenges perceptions of the role of rural areas in society.
Professor Peter de Souza of Inland School of Business and Social Sciences at INN University is this year's winner of the Regional Studies Association Best Book Award for the monograph “ The Rural and Peripheral in Regional Development. An Alternative Perspective”.
The organization states in the justification for the award that rural areas are often marginalized in discussions about economic and social development, and that this publication serves to stimulate debate and innovation around this by presenting an alternative approach.
“Peter de Souza makes a compelling case for giving the periphery a prominent role as an integral part of a holistic and balanced society,” notes the jury.
“It is of course the case that one is both happy and proud. An award such as this is an affirmation that hard and persistent work pays off. The Regional Studies Association is of great importance when it comes to the scientific and political-economic issues surrounding regions and their development,” says Peter de Souza.
The professor says the book creates a beginning of an alternative, political logic by raising questions about basic scientific and political assumptions.
“The main argument is to question the paradigmatic role of the urban in defining the rules and the game in terms of definitions of development – be it economic or social in general.”
The book was published in 2018 by Routledge.