Studies in Urbanormativity

Studies in Urbanormativity : Rural Community in Urban Society

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Studies in Urbanormativity: Rural Community in Urban Society examines the ways by which rural life comes to be dominated structurally, culturally, and spatially by urban society. Urbanormativity is an ideology that provides legitimacy for this domination, holding rural life as deviant and urban life as normal, and this serves as the unifying theme for the more

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  • Hardback | 306 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 544.31g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 1 black & white illustrations
  • 0739178768
  • 9780739178768

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The chapters [in this book] are interesting, insightful, and thought provoking. Journal of Sociology Studies in Urbanormativity is a wide-ranging collection that moves beyond the boundaries of traditional rural sociology in significant, productive, and critical ways. It is an important book that comes at a crucial time. As the world becomes more urban than rural and as the economic and cultural import of rural people and places is seen as waning, these authors reveal the phenomenon of urbanormativity as a key step to challenging its inevitability. -- Lisa R. Pruitt, University of California, Davis Studies in Urbanormativity is an essential and exciting contribution to the field of rural studies. Fulkerson and Thomas have masterfully assembled a volume that not only marshals provocative argumentation regarding the importance and relevance of rurality in an increasingly urban world, but more importantly the ways in which 'the rural' has been naturalized as a spatial, as well as social, political and cultural periphery. The chapters within this book use a variety of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives to unpack and challenge prevailing social imaginations, while appealing not only to rural scholars but more broadly to those with interests in urban studies, identity and cultural politics, community theory and critical geography. -- Kai A. Schafft, Pennsylvannia State Universityshow more

About Gregory M. Fulkerson

Gregory M. Fulkerson is assistant professor of sociology at the State University of New York at Oneonta. Alexander R. Thomas is associate professor of sociology at the State University of New York at more

Table of contents

Introduction Chapter 1: Urbanization, Urbanormativity, and Place-Structuration Chapter 2: Critical Concepts for Studying Communities and their Built Environments Chapter 3: Historic Hartwick: Reading Civic Character in a Living Landscape Chapter 4: Stigma, Reputation, and Place Structuration Chapter 5: 'Taking the Cure:' The Rural as a Place of health and Wellbeing in New York State during the Late 1800's and early 1900's Chapter 6: Minority Groups and the Informal Economy: English Speakers in Quebec's Eastern Townships Chapter 7: Eaten Up: Urban Foraging and Rural Identity Chapter 8: Fracture Lines Chapter 9: "Fagging" the Countryside? (De)"Queering" Rural Queer Studies Chapter 10: Return to Ridgefield Corners: Cultural Continuity and Change in a Rural Village Chapter 11: Inbred Horror: Degeneracy, Revulsion, and Fear of the Rural Community Chapter 12: Matrixed Inequality, Rurality, and Access to Substance Abuse Treatment: A Community Structure Analysis of North Carolina Communities Chapter 13: Eliminating Organization Tensions, Dis-embedding Farmers: A Ten Year Retrospective on the (Organizational) Political-Economic Losses of Dakota Growers Pasta Cooperative Chapter 14: A Study of Sustainability: Entropy and the Urban/Rural Transition Chapter 15: Conclusion Chapter 16: About the Contributorsshow more