This book aims to portray and explain in a holistic manner the interrelated changes that are currently occurring in rural America, so that there will be a better basis for understanding their effects on rural people and places. It deals with identity and survival of rural communities.
1. Introduction: Rural America in a Time of Change Part One: The Farm Crisis and its Challenge to Rural Community Life 2. Dairy Farms in a Time of Change: Struggle for Survival 3. Community Impacts: The Special Significance of Dairy Farm Losses Part Two: Shifting Nonfarm Economies 4. Paradox in Rural Economies: Vigor and Vulnerability 5. Plant Closings and Substitute Jobs: Labor Force for Sale Part Three: Changing Rural Populations 6. People and Places: Demographic Change and Local Response 7. Perceptions and Frictions: Problems in Accepting and Absorbing Newcomers Part Four: Worsening Rural Poverty 8. Poverty in Rural Places: Patterns and Changes 9. The Dynamics of Rural Impoverization: Causes and Processes Part Five: Providing Community Services in Changing Circumstances 10. Problems in Meeting Rural Service Needs 11. Local Innovation and Cooperation Part Six: Changes and Challenges in Local Government 12. Leadership and Local Government in Flux: Changes in Who, What, and How 13. New Governmental Interactions Around a New Environmental Problem Part Seven: New Uses for Rural Lands: Dumping Ground for Society 14. Prisons in the Wilderness: The New Growth Industry of Rural New York 15. Waste Disposal: LLRW and Other LULUs Part Eight: Rural Identity and Survival 16. What Then Is Rural? Challenges to Rural and Community Identity 17. Ensuring the Survival of Rural Places