Against All Odds / Edition 1

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The authors’ model orients this community in the vortex of contemporary forces, pointing up, for example, the need for face-to-face interaction among residents versus the larger society’s demand for electronic communication. With increasing conflicts between the culture of rural communities and that of the “outside world” occurring, small towns all over the United States are losing their businesses, their doctors, and their sense of community. Yet the town described in this study is thriving.Against All Odds identifies pride, determination, and a sense of belonging that must be nurtured—and the local organization that binds all of these factors together—in order to keep a small town alive in the face of powerful disruptive forces. Not since Vidich and Bensman’s landmark Small Town in Mass Society has such a thoughful examination of a contemporary rural community been available.
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John C. Allen is assistant professor of rural sociology at the University of Nebraska. Don A. Dillman is professor of sociology, a rural sociologist, and director of the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center at Washington State University. John C. Allen is assistant professor of rural sociology at the University of Nebraska. Don A. Dillman is professor of sociology, a rural sociologist, and director of the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center at Washington State University.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1 Confronting the Inevitable 1
2 Locating Bremer: Influences of Space and Time 9
3 Gaining Perspective: A Framework for Analysis 25
4 Agriculture: Reconciliation of Making a Living, Government, and a Way of Life 49
5 Bremer's Other Businesses: Each in Its Proper Place 75
6 More Important than Government: The Community Club 103
7 Gender: Women's Roles Have Changed, Most Men's Haven't 123
8 Medical Care: Fulfilling the Old Doctor's Account and Getting a Replacement 137
9 Education in Bremer: No Dropouts and a Winning Sports Program 149
10 Religion: A Tradition Bypassed? 167
11 Class and Social Life 177
12 Community Expression and Renewal: The Bremer Fair and Stock Show 189
13 Community in Bremer ... and the United States 205
Appendix 225
Bibliography 231
Index 235
About the Book and Authors 239
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