Rural People and Communities in the 21st Century: Resilience and Transformation

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Polity, Mar 14, 2011 - History - 260 pages
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Rural people and communities continue to play important social, economic and environmental roles at a time in which societies are rapidly urbanizing, and the identities of local places are increasingly subsumed by flows of people, information and economic activity across global spaces. However, while the organization of rural life has been fundamentally transformed by institutional and social changes that have occurred since the mid-twentieth century, rural people and communities have proved resilient in the face of these transformations.

This book examines the causes and consequences of major social and economic changes affecting rural communities and populations during the first decades of the twenty-first century, and explores policies developed to ameliorate problems or enhance opportunities. Primarily focused on the U.S. context, while also providing international comparative discussion, the book is organized into five sections each of which explores both socio-demographic and political economic aspects of rural transformation. It features an accessible and up-to-date blend of theory and empirical analysis, with each chapter's discussion grounded in real-life situations through the use of empirical case-study materials.

Rural People and Communities in the 21st Century is intended for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in rural sociology, community sociology, rural and/or population geography, community development, and population studies.

 

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Contents

1 Rurality in Metropolitan Society
3
2 Urbanization and Population Redistribution
16
PART II RURAL COMMUNITIES INSTITUTIONS AND ENVIRONMENTS
33
3 Understanding Community in Rural Society
35
4 Community Institutions in Rural Society
56
5 Natural Resources and Social Change
81
PART III RURAL POPULATIONS
103
6 Youth Aging and the Life Course
105
PART IV RURAL ECONOMY AND SOCIOECONOMIC WELLBEING
147
8 Making a Living in Rural Communities
149
9 Farms Farmers and Farming in Contemporary Rural Society
167
10 Poverty Across Rural People and Places
190
PART V CONCLUSIONS
217
11 Rural Transformations and Policies for the Future
219
Index
239
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7 Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Rural Areas
122

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David L. Brown is Professor and Chair of Development Sociology, and co-director of the Community and Regional Development Institute at Cornell University.
Kai A. Schafft is an Associate Professor of Education at Pennsylvania State University.

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