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Rural Communities: Legacy and Changeexamines 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. Rural Communitiescovers 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. Updates to the fourth edition include new coverage of local food movements, climate change, and the impacts of the global financial crisis.
Cornelia Butler Flora is Charles F. Curtis Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University. Jan L. Flora is an extension sociologist and professor of sociology at Iowa State University.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Preface to the Fourth Edition
Components of Rural Community Community Capitals
Community Capitals and the Rural Landscape
The Rural Landscape
Rural Communities and Change
Market, State, and Civil Society
About This Book
Importance of Biodiversity
Cultural Capital and Legacy
What Is Legacy?
Conflicting Cultural Capitals and Cultural Domination
Social Class, Stratification, and Domination
Legacy and the Family
Transmitting Legacy through the Community
Impact of Gender, Race, and Ethnicity
Inequality: Whose Legacy?
What Is Human Capital?
Human Capital as Labor Force
Building Human Capital
Social Capital and Community
What Is Social Capital?
Bonding and Bridging Social Capital: Homogeneity or Inclusion?
Entrepreneurial Social Infrastructure
Power and Economic Interests
Power Structure and Community Change
Understanding Power Structure and Increasing the Political Capital of Excluded Groups
The Concept of Financial Capital
Financial Capital and Community Needs
Sources of Capital
The Changing Rules of Financial Capital
Business Financial Capital and Community
Defining Built Capital
Public Versus Private Provision of Built Capital
Federal, State, and Local Roles: Making Linkages
Motivation to Act
The Transformation of Community Capitals in a Changing World
Consumption in Rural America
Why Is Consumption Important?
Changes in the Labor Force
Targeted Advertising and Segmented Markets
Impacts of Increased Consumption
The Global Economy
Altering Globalization: The Growing Importance of Financial Capital
Rural Linkages to a World Economy
Opportunities and Risks: Rural Areas in the Global Economy
What Is Governance?
Organization and Functions of Local Governments
Challenges Faced by Local Governments
Providing Public Services: An Example of Collaboration
Sustained Citizen Engagement
Leveraging Regional Resources
Mobilizing Community Capitals for Social Change
Generating Community Change
Community and Development
Models of Community Development
Factors in Effective Change
Approaches to Economic Development
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