It has been my pleasure to work with a distinguished, committed,and cooperative group of contributors to this volume. They have taught me how to perform the editing role and put up with innumerable and probably insufferable suggestions. I have been privileged to work with exceptionally fine individuals in this endeavor and will count that among my many blessings.
List of Tables and Figures -- Foreword /Forrest A. Deseran -- Acknowledgments -- 1 Introduction: The Future of Rural America /Kenneth E. Pigg -- 2 Rural Policy in Perspective: The Rise, Fall, and Uncertain Future of the American Welfare-State /Frederick H. Buttel and Gilbert W. Gillespie, Jr. -- 3 The Benefits of Space and the Cost of Distance /Emery N. Castle 41 -- 4 The Emerging Global Economy and Rural Communities: A New Perspective /Edward J. Blakely -- 5 The Future of the Community in Rural Areas /Kenneth P. Wilkinson -- 6 Developing the Farm-Dependent Rural Economy: The Policy Choices /Mark Drabenstott -- 7 The Role of Community in Rural Economic Development /Jerry L. Wade and Glen C. Pulver -- 8 Encouraging Economic Development in Rural America /William R. Gillis -- 9 The Restructuring of the Global Economy and the Future of U.S. Agriculture /W. Richard Goe and Martin Kenney -- 10 Families in the New Rural Community, Sonya Salamon -- 11 Individual and Social Problems in Rural Community Life /Lorraine Garkovich -- 12 Civic Education, Rural Development, and the Land Grant Institutions /Donald W. Littrell and Doris P. Uttrell -- 13 Governing the Countryside: Linking Politics and Administrative Resources /Jim Seroka and Seshan Subramaniam -- 14 Regenerating Rural America /Robert Rodale and Karen Lehman -- 15 Waking the Owl of Minerva: Constructing a Future for Rural America /Lawrence Busch -- About the Contributors -- Index.