Schafft co-authors new book on rural society

Kai A. Schafft, associate professor of educational leadership with affiliate faculty status in rural sociology, has co-authored a new book with David L. Brown, professor at Cornell University. “Rural People and Communities in the 21st Century: Resilience and Transformation” (Polity Press, 2011) examines the contemporary social, political, and economic context of rural people and communities in the United States, while analytically embedding that context within a broader global comparative perspective.

The new book provides an in-depth look at how rural populations, economies, and communities have persisted and changed over time in the face of broad-scale macro-transformations such as urbanization, metropolitan expansion, technological innovation, economic restructuring, and changing policy regimes. It also examines how rural people and communities have helped shape these macro-transformations

The authors discuss these trends and changes through alternative theoretical and public policy frameworks. In doing so, they contribute to a more critical perspective on the role and status of rural people, communities, and economies in metropolitan societies.

“David Brown and I are very pleased with this book. Our hope and intention is that it can become a key text for students, scholars, and policy makers interested in rural people and places,” said Schafft, director of Penn State's Center on Rural Education and Communities.

Last Updated January 09, 2015