A team of anthropologists, economists, geographers, political scientists, social workers, and sociologists examine the leading explanations for why poverty persists in rural America. Their findings discredit established theories such as the culture of poverty and suggest new explanations for rural poverty and new directions for antipoverty programs
Table of Contents
Foreword -- Task Force on Persistent Rural Poverty -- Introduction -- Poverty in Rural America: Trends and Demographic Characteristics -- Human Capital, Labor Supply, and Poverty in Rural America -- Work Structures and Rural Poverty -- Spatial Location of Economic Activities, Uneven Development, and Rural Poverty -- Theories in the Study of Natural Resource-Dependent Communities and Persistent Rural Poverty in the United States -- Persistent Rural Poverty and Racial and Ethnic Minorities -- Women and Persistent Rural Poverty -- Rural Families and Children in Poverty -- The Rural Elderly and Poverty -- The State, Rural Policy, and Rural Poverty
Gene F. Summers is Professor Emeritus of Rural Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.