This book captures the views of students of rural America on the serious state of affaire in rural South areas and on the strategies for stimulating improvements in the well-being of rural Southerners. It spurs policymakers, leaders, and rural residents to redress the ills of the rural South.
Table of Contents
Preface -- The Rural South in Crisis: An Introduction -- Dimensions of the Agriculture/Rural Community Crisis in the South -- The Rural South in Crisis: A Historical Perspective -- The Status of Southern Agriculture -- The Tale of Two Souths -- The Community Crisis in the Rural South -- The Human Dimension of the Rural South in Crisis -- Current Socioeconomic Issues in the Rural South -- Social and Economic Conditions of Black Farm Households: Status and Prospects -- Factors Associated with Women's Attitudes Toward Farming1 -- Farm Structure and Local Society Well-Being in the South -- Changing Financial Markets and the Impact on Rural Communities: An Alternative Research Approach -- Local Labor Markets in Agricultural Policy Dependent Areas of the South -- Race and Underemployment: Black Employment Hardship in the Rural South -- The Effects of the Farm Crisis on Rural Communities and Community Residents -- Community Forces and Their Influence on Farm Structure -- Agriculture and Rural Development Policies: Past Reflections, Future Directions -- Reflections on Agricultural Policies and Their Consequences for the South -- Development Strategies in the Rural South: Issues and Alternatives -- Economic Development in the Rural South: An Uneven Past—An Uncertain Future -- State Rural Development Policies: An Emerging Government Initiative -- Opportunities for the Vitalization of the Rural South -- Traditional and Nontraditional Opportunities and Alternatives for Local Economic Development -- Educational Reform and Regional Development -- Entrepreneurship as a Community Development Strategy for the Rural South -- Alternative Enterprises for Strengthening Southern Agriculture -- Charting a Course for the Rural South -- Improvements in The Rural South: They Won’t Come Easy
Lionel J. Beaulieu