Sociology Index

Rural Sociology, Agriculture Sociology, Food Sociology

Sociological approaches to rural policy challenges, issues such as community revitalization, rural demographic changes, rural development, environmental impacts, the structure of food and agricultural production, and rural-urban linkages, rural media, small town development, rural gender issues, agricultural restructuring, youth and ageing in rural areas. Rural sociology is a field of sociology associated with the study of life in small towns and country. It is a scientific study of social arrangements and behaviour amongst peoples that are distanced from points of concentrated activity. Rural sociology involves the examination of statistical data for efficient rural development.

Rural Sociology Abstracts

RURAL AND REMOTE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: THE CASE OF NUNAVUT'S INUIT COMMUNITIES - Peter Ittinuar - The Inuit of Canada’s most northern territory made a remarkable political achievement in having Canada agree to the division of the Northwest Territories. What is the situation in the year 2002, some three years after 1999? Are the Inuit in control? Who runs the operations of the new government? What is the language situation? What are the infrastructural challenges? What issues are brought about by a “co-management” regime?

Rural Sociology Research in the Land Grant Setting - Preston E. La Ferney
ABSTRACT: A brief historical view of rural sociology as a discipline reveals an intense introspection.

Some Observations on Rural Sociology and Its Prospects - R. J. Hildreth
ABSTRACT: Rural sociology developed largely in the land grant-USDA complex. The current status of rural sociology is briefly examined.

Rural Sociology Books and Sociology of Agriculture

The Sociology of Rural Life - Kindle eBook - Samantha Hillyard (Jun 1, 2007).

Rural Communities: Legacy and Change - Kindle eBook - Cornelia Butler Flora and Jan L Flora (Aug 4, 2012)

Survival of Rural America: Small Victories and Bitter Harvests- Richard E. Wood

A Sociology of Food & Nutrition: The Social Appetite Book by John Germov, Lauren Williams (Editors) Why do we eat the way we do?

The Sociology of Rural Life - Samantha Hillyard

Challenges for Rural America in the Twenty First Century (Rural Studies)

Hollowing Out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What It Means for America. - Patrick J. Carr, Maria J. Kefalas

Rural Education for the Twenty-First Century: Identity, Place, and Community in a Globalizing World (Rural Studies) - Kai A. Schafft, Alecia Youngblood Jackson

Changing Rural Social Systems: Adaptation and Survival by Nan E. Johnson, Ching-li Wang.

The Community in Rural America by Kenneth P. Wilkinson. 

The Sociology of Agriculture Book by Frederick H. Buttel, Olaf F. Larson, Gilbert W. Gillespie Jr. 

Entitled to Power: Farm Women and Technology, 1913-1963 Book by Katherine Jellison. 

A Nation Divided: Diversity, Inequality, and Community in American Society Book by Phyllis Moen, Donna Dempster-McClain, Henry A. Walker. 

Gender and the Family Labor System: Defining Work in the Rural Midwest - Book by Mary Neth. 

Rural Sociology: The Strategy of Change (1957) Book by Charles P. Loomis, J. Allan Beegle.

Rural Social Systems: A Textbook in Rural Sociology and Anthropology (1950) by Charles P. Loomis, J. Beegle Allan. 


Reflexivity, Sociology and the Rural-Urban Distinction in Marx, Tonnies and Weber, in The Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology Book by Kieran Bonner.

Bibliography - Rural Sociology, Sociology of Agriculture And Food

A SOCIOLOGY OF FOOD AND NUTRITION: THE SOCIAL APPETITE. - Edited by John Germove and Lauren Williams. Victoria, Australia. - Eating is fundamentally a social activity; therefore, it is curious that sociologists have only begun to study it in recent years. Perhaps this is because the study of food and eating necessitates a multidisciplinary approach. The editors of this book do a fine job of providing a multidisciplinary perspective and placement of food-related issues into a sociological context.

Allen, Patricia, ed. 1993. Food for the future: conditions and contradictions of
sustainability. NY: John Wiley & Sons.

Allen, John C. and Donald Dillman. 1994. Against all odds: rural community in the
information age. Boulder, Colo.: Westview.

Beaulieu, Lionel and David Mulkey, eds. 1995. Investing in people: the human
capital needs of rural America. Boulder: Westview.

Bonanno, Alessandro and et al., eds. 1994. From Columbus to ConAgra: the
globalization of agriculture and food. Lawrence, Kansas: University of Kansas Press.

Bryant, Bunyan, ed. 1995. Environmental justice: issues, policies and solutions.
Washington, DC: Island Press.

Buttel, Fred and Howard Newby, eds. 1980. The rural sociology of advanced societies.
Montclair, NJ: Allanheld, Osmun.

Buttel, Frederick H., Olaf F. Larson, and Gilbert W. Gillespie, eds. 1990. The
sociology of agriculture. New York: Greenwood Press.

Duncan, Colin. 1996. The centrality of agriculture. Buffalo: McGill-Queens University Press.

Friedland, William H. 1975. Destalking the wily tomato: a case study in social consequences in California agricultural research. : University of California, Davis.


Friedland, William H., Amy E. Barton, and Robert J. Thomas. 1981. Manufacturing green gold: capital, labor, and technology in the lettuce industry. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Friedland, William F. and et al., eds. 1991. Towards a new political economy of agriculture. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press.

Kloppenberg, Jack R. 1988. First the seed: the political economy of plant biotechnology. NY: Cambridge University Press.

Krimsky, Sheldon. 1991. Biotechnics and society: the rise of industrial genetics. New York: Praeger.

Kurtz, Don. 1995. South of the Big Four. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. [novel] Lasley, Paul and et al. 1995. Beyond amber waves of grain: an examination of social and economic restructuring in the heartland. Boulder: Westview.

LeHeron, Richard B. 1993. Globalized agriculture: political choice. NY: Pergamon Press.

Martin, Philip and Donald Martin. 1994. The endless quest: helping America's farm workers. Boulder: Westview.

McMichael, Philip, ed. 1994. The global restructuring of agro-food systems. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Mooney, Patrick and Theo J. Majka. 1995. Farmers' and farm workers' movements: social protest in American agriculture. New York: Twayne Publishers.

Perfecto, Ivette. 1995. Sustainable agriculture embedded in a global sustainable future: agriculture in the US and Cuba. in Environmental justice: issues, policies and solutions, Bunyan Bryant, ed.

Pubols, Ben H. 19?? The agricultural development of the Columbia Basin irrigation project.

Ramon Perez (1991) Dairy of an Undocumented Immigrant. Houston: Arte Publico Press.

Sachs, Carolyn. 1996. Gendered fields: rural women, agriculture, and environment. Boulder, Colo.: Westview.

Schaeffer, Cathy J. and Thomas I. Wahl. 1993. The North American Free Trade Agreement: effects on Washington State agriculture. IMPACT Information Series 'No.' 67 Paper presented at . WSU, Pullman, Wash.

Shields, John. 1992. The capitalist state and farm labour policy, in Rural Sociology in Canada, David A. Hay and Gurcharn Basran, eds. Oxford University Press.

Solbrig, Otto T. 1994. So shall you reap: farming and crops in human affairs. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Steinbeck, John. 1936. In dubious battle. New York: Viking Press. [novel] Taylor, Paul S. 1981. Labor on the land. NY: Arno Press.

Taylor, Paul S. 1983. On the ground in the thirties. Salt Lake City: Gibbs M. Smith. United States. Office of Technology Assessment. 1995. Agriculture, trade and environment: achieving compliance policies. .

Valle, Isabel. 1994. Fields of toil: a migrant family's journey. Pullman, WA: WSU Press.

Wakefield, R. 1937. A study of seasonal farm labor in Yakima County, Washington.
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Wells, Miriam. 1996. Strawberry fields : politics, class, and work in California agriculture. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

White, Richard. 1986. Poor men on poor lands: the back-to-the land movement of the early twentieth century, in Experiences in a promised land, G. Thomas Edwards and Carlos Schwantes, eds. Seattle: Univ. Washington Press.

White, Richard. 1989. The altered landscape of the Pacific Northwest. in Major problems in the history of the American Northwest, II Clyde A. Milner, ed. Lexington, Mass.: DC Heath.

White, Richard. 1992. Land use, environment, and social change. Seattle: Univ. Washington press.

Wojcik, Jan. 1989. The arguments of agriculture: a casebook in contemporary agricultural controversy. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press.

Wright, Angus. 1990. The death of Ramon Gonzalez: the modern agricultural dilemma. Austin: Univ. Texas Press.

Young, Craig, Carol Morris, and Charlotte Anderson. 1995. Agriculture and the environment in the UK: towards an understanding of the role of 'farming culture'.” Greener Management International (12), October, pp. 63-80.