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Bringing together the two fundamental concepts of community—where the relationships and practices of daily life occur—and work, in ...
Bringing together the two fundamental concepts of community—where the relationships and practices of daily life occur—and work, in which an elementary exchange occurs, Communities of Work bridges several fields of study. Presented here is the contextual and embedded nature of social relations and the complexity involved in understanding them. Through the use of multiple case studies, the authors apply diverse theories and methods in seeking an integrated outcome, one captured by “communities of work.”
Beginning with a description of the broad changes in work and economic activities across the United States, ranging from the Ohio River Valley to a western boomtown, the book shifts its focus to the interplay of work, family, and local networks in time and place. Activities range from fishing in the Mississippi Delta to farming and family life in the Midwest. The authors then highlight how rural people and places respond to extra-local, increasingly global forces in settings as diverse as rural South Carolina and Wisconsin.
A certain communitarian theme runs through Communities of Work. It is about people and communities not merely reacting, but instead responding in ways that reflect their local culture, while being cognizant of the larger world within which they live.
|Introduction: Communities of Work: Rural Restructuring in Local and Global Contexts|
|Ch. 1||Old Industrial Regions and the Political Economy of Development: The Ohio River Valley||3|
|Ch. 2||Place, Race, and State: Sustaining the Textile Security Zone in a Changing Southern Labor Market||31|
|Ch. 3||Meat Processing in Rural America: Economic Powerhouse or Problem?||55|
|Ch. 4||Socioeconomic Trends in Mining-Dependent Counties in Appalachia||79|
|Ch. 5||From Extraction to Amenities: Restructuring and (In)Conspicuous Consumption in Missoula, Montana||104|
|Ch. 6||Troubled Waters or Business as Usual? Ethnicity, Social Capital, and Community in the Louisiana Oyster Fishery||131|
|Ch. 7||Identity of Self and Others through Work: A Life of Commercial Fishing in the Mississippi Delta||157|
|Ch. 8||Sense of Place and Rural Restructuring: Lessons from the Low Country||177|
|Ch. 9||Housing Labor's Unrest: Economic Restructuring and the Social Production of Scale||196|
|Ch. 10||Hogs and Citizens: A Report from the North Carolina Front||219|
|Ch. 11||Does Welfare to Work Work? Rural Employers Comment||240|
|Ch. 12||The Bus from Hell Hole Swamp: Black Women in the Hospitality Industry||267|
|Ch. 13||Stretched to Their Limits: Rural Nonfarm Mothers and the "New" Rural Economy||291|
|Ch. 14||Earning a Living and Building a Life: Income-Generating and Income-Saving Strategies of Rural Wisconsin Families||316|
|Ch. 15||Livelihood Strategies of Farmers in Puerto Rico's Central Region: Survival in the Context of Economic Restructuring and Policy Change||339|
|Ch. 16||Older Workers and Retirement in Rural Contexts||366|
|Ch. 17||The Social and Economic Context of Informal Work||394|
|Empirical Realities, Theoretical Lessons, and Political Implications of Communities of Work: What Have We Learned?||419|