Challenging peripherality through access to the internet? Socio-spatial practices of the connected rurban

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Specially in the last two decades, the widespread of the internet has had profound impacts on how space is organised and experienced, reinforcing the importance of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in its production. While enough attention is being paid to our cities, limited studies on the impact of internet on the countryside reflect a neglect of specific demands and needs of the rural population, with the risk that the rural continues to play catch-up with the urban (Craig and Greenhill, 2005). The prevalence of an urban approach is further explained by the blurring of urban-rural boundaries brought by an extended urbanisation (Brenner and Schmid, 2012; Monte-Mór, 2005). The foundations of extended urbanisation discussion were laid by Henri Lefebvre in the 1970s,when he anticipated a complete urbanisation of the society that would lead to the “homogenization of space and the disappearance of diversity” (Lefebvre, 1989, p. 23), and culminated with the assertion that, if successful, the planetarisation of the urban would render the deconstruction of capitalism unviable (Lefebvre,1989). As such, it would render the categories that conform bounded territories and their oppositions, such as city countryside, inadequate to describe the pervasive encroachment of capitalism.
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