About the Book

Rural Communities

Rural Communities

Legacy and Change
4th Edition
July 2012
Trade Paperback · 416 Pages
$45.00 U.S. · $52.00 CAN · £29.99 U.K. · €31.99 E.U.
ISBN 9780813345055
Westview Press


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Rural Communities: Legacy and Change examines the diversity of rural America: its unique communities, histories, and social issues. It also considers how rural communities use their increasing connectedness to creatively address modern challenges in the face of increasing globalization and climate change. Focusing on various capitals in rural areas—natural, cultural, human, social, political, financial, and built—this book provides students with an essential framework for understanding rural society based on the concepts of social science.
The fourth edition of Rural Communities covers vital issues such as: racial and cultural diversity in rural areas; globalization and increasing tensions over international immigration; the impact of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; the central role of communities in organizing a sustainable future; and building community in the context of ubiquitous change. Chapter opening vignettes present real people and communities, illustrating the application of concepts. Updated with 2010 Census data, the fourth edition features new coverage of local food movements, climate change, the impacts of the global financial crisis, and updates on immigration as it relates to rural societies.

About the Authors

Cornelia Butler Flora is professor of sociology at Iowa State University, where she is also Charles F. Curtis Distinguished Professor of Agriculture. Jan L. Flora is an extension sociologist and professor of sociology at Iowa State University.