Kontraurbanizace: chaotický koncept?
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This paper presents an overview of past and current
debates over the conceptualization of migration into rural areas – counterurbanization. It
begins with the history of the term itself, leading us from its original use to the contemporary plurality of its meanings. Key issues in the process of defining counterurbanization
are examined, in light of the term’s historical development. The article illustrates a shift in
counterurbanization research from the study of the settlement system to the study of local
dimensions of counterurbanization and finally to the discursive production of counterurbanization. Secondly, contemporary residential decentralization in Czechia and the theoretical
framing of counterurbanization are linked together in order to discuss the relevance of the
counterurbanization research agenda in Czechia. The article concludes by stating the need
for new ways to approach migration into rural areas.