Population and Community in Rural America
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The American experiences has been one of constant and accelerating change. Against this background, American cities have exerted a magnetic pull attracting "streams of migration" from rural to urban areas transforming a predominantly rural society into one in which 75 percent of the people live in urban areas. Population and Community in Rural America focuses on migration as the primary force for population change in rural America. Within smaller, more dispersed rural populations, any changes in the number of births or deaths, or movement in or out of the area impact community and family structures. In the last half-century, migration studies have been the single largest area of rural population research because the consequences of migration on both community population and socioeconomic structure are usually much greater than shifts in mortality and fertility. Garkovich argues "migration streams" exert a cohesive force, binding American communities together and that such in/out migrations have contributed to a national character based on intermingled rural and urban perspectives. She presents a thorough investigation of the nature of migration and its effect on other population processes and characteristics, and explains why particular patterns of migration and population change have occurred at certain points in the historical development of rural America. The first two chapters describe various theoretical and methodological issues; review major social, economic, and political events of the three historical eras of rural population change; and consider the social environment within which the changes occurred. Chapters three through six detail rural population changes including major migrationstreams and the factors nad outcomes associated with, or attributable to, these movements. Chapter seven analyzes institutional forces that have affected both the study and interpretation of rural population change and offers provocative suggestions. A final chapter summarizes major changes in rural American, explains how migration continues to shape current rural populations, and identifies critical issues for future migration research. An importatn tool for students and scholars, this volume will also be of particular interest to those readers studying population migration and rural communities. A paperback edition of Population and Community in Rural America is available from Praeger Publishers.
List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 10/24/1989
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
|Why Do People Move? The Socioeconomic and Political|
|Context of Rural Population Change Migration and Population|
|Change During the Era of Rural Dominance (1650-1880)|
|Migration Streams in the Urban Era (1880-1970)|
|Consequences of Migration During the Urban Era|
|The Era of Residential Diversity (1960-?) Institutional and Scientific Forces|
|Influencing Rural Population Studies Research|
|Challenges for the Future|