Village Facilities and Social Place Attachment in the Rural Netherlands

Joost Gieling, Tialda Haartsen, Lotte Vermeij

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Economies of scale and increased mobility have led to the closure of many village facilities. Most residents do not rely on locally available facilities anymore for their primary function. However, facilities are also meeting places. A decline in facilities may therefore negatively influence residents' social place attachment. This article examines which facilities impact residents' social place attachment. It also explores whether different facilities impact the social place attachment of different groups of residents differently. In our analyses, we make a distinction between rural areas near and away from urban areas. Based on structural equation modeling, we conclude that in rural areas, both near and away from cities, cafés and supermarkets may well matter for residents' social attachment. In contrast to common expectations, community centers, primary schools, and sports facilities were not shown to enhance social place attachment. Considering the increasing self‐reliance of local communities, these findings raise doubts about the use of public services to revitalize local communities.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)66-92
Aantal pagina's27
TijdschriftRural Sociology
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
Vroegere onlinedatum12-mrt.-2018
StatusPublished - mrt.-2019

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