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.
Issues related to farm policies, technology transfer, farm safety, and resource stewardship, and their implications for producers, farm families, hired farm labor, and residents of rural, agriculturally dependent communities. Topics covered will include the 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.
Rural society is faced with various problems including the
environmental degradation and overuse of water resources, the establishment and inadequate
regulation of toxic waste dumps, and poverty. The loss of rural population to urban areas
is also an area of concern, especially in northern states, such as North Dakota.
After World War II, modern rural sociology began to appear in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the UK.
A few of the many online resources you might find useful in learning more about rural issues in the United States. Scroll down to see those resources broken into eleven categories: rurdev.usda.gov/nrdp/resources.html
General rural information - csu.edu.au/research/crsr/links/linkgen.htm
Rural education and youth issues - csu.edu.au/research/crsr/links/linkedyu.htm
Rural Social Work Caucus - uncp.edu/home/marson/rural/
The Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society is an organization of professionals dedicated to the study of values issues associated with the production, distribution and consumption of food, fiber and natural resources. - clas.ufl.edu/users/rhaynes/afhvs/
RESOURCES FOR THE ANTHROPOLOGICAL STUDY OF FOOD HABITS - THE ETHNOHISTORY OF THE AMERICAN DIET - FOOD AND CULTURE - Eating Attitudes, Religious and Secular Fasting, Body Fat, and Body Image - (including definitions of overweight, ideas about obesity, etc) - lilt.ilstu.edu/rtdirks/
THE EUROPEAN FOOD PROJECT - This research, information and educational project aims at studying and publicizing trends in eating- and drinking-habits in a number of European countries, both within and outside the EU.
This will be done not so much from the point of view of nutrition but from that of cuisine as an important aspect of culture in everyday life as well as from that of new tendencies in agriculture and food-trade. - uni-bonn.de/~uzr604/food.html