The Changing American Countryside
Rural People and Places
Edited by Emery N. Castle
The literature on rural America, to the extent that it exists, has largely been written by urban-based scholars perpetuating out-of-date notions and stereotypes or by those who see little difference between rural and agricultural concerns. As a result, the real rural America remains much misunderstood, neglected, or ignored by scholars and policymakers alike. In response, Emery Castle offers The Changing American Countryside, a volume that will forever change how we look at this important subject.
Castle brings together the writings of eminent scholars from several disciplines and varying backgrounds to take a fresh and comprehensive look at the "forgotten hinterlands." These authors examine the role of non-metropolitan people and places in the economic life of our nation and cover such diverse issues as poverty, industry, the environment, education, family, social problems, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, government, public policy, and regional diversity
“Designed to correct urban writers’ misleading impressions of rural America and to inform rural policymakers, the study is replete with statistics, analyses, and useful suggestions for rural planners.”
—Journal of the West
“The breadth of this book's coverage is impressive and the quality of the individual chapters is high.”
—Journal of Regional ScienceSee all reviews...
“This collection of 25 essays, organized in seven parts, provides an admirable survey of the most important issues that will enhance general understanding of rural problems and aid the formulation of public policy for the countryside.”
—Western Historical Quarterly
“Scholars of rural America will welcome The Changing American Countryside with open arms.”
—Annals of Iowa
“Very few studies address the whole of rural America in the comprehensive manner of this volume. A valuable and significant endeavor.”
—Dwight Billings, author of Planters and the Makers of a New South
“An outstanding volume on rural affairs. If the Country Life Commission had been formed 90 years later, in 1998, its members might have used this book for their manual. Like the walls of a one-room schoolhouse, the covers of this book enclose or touch everything you need to know about rural America.”
—Gene Wunderlich, USDA Economic Research ServiceSee fewer reviews...
The authors are especially effective in demonstrating why rural America is so much more than just agriculture. It is in fact highly diverse, complex, and interdependent with urban America and the international market place. Most major rural problems, they contend, simply cannot be effectively addressed in isolation from their urban and international connections. To do so is misguided and even hazardous, when one-fourth of our population and ninety-seven per cent of our land area is rural.
Together these writings not only provide a new and more realistic view of rural life and public policy, but also suggest how the field of rural studies can greatly enrich our understanding of national life.