Forgotten Places: Uneven Development and the Loss of Opportunity in Rural America

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"In spite of a quarter century of serious effort to eliminate, or at least reduce, rural poverty, pockets of intense poverty still exist. If you want to know why this is so, Forgotten Places will provide many insightful and thought provoking answers."—Gene Summers, author of Technology and Social Change in Rural Areas

"A welcome, readable analysis of rural poverty in key regions across the country. A major contribution to rural sociology."—John...

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Overview

"In spite of a quarter century of serious effort to eliminate, or at least reduce, rural poverty, pockets of intense poverty still exist. If you want to know why this is so, Forgotten Places will provide many insightful and thought provoking answers."—Gene Summers, author of Technology and Social Change in Rural Areas

"A welcome, readable analysis of rural poverty in key regions across the country. A major contribution to rural sociology."—John Gaventa, author of Power and Powerlessness: Quiescence and Rebellion in an Appalachian Valley

Author Biography: Thomas A. Lyson is professor of rural sociology at Cornell University and the author of Two Sides to the Sunbelt: The Growing Divergence between the Rural and Urban South.

William Falk is professor of sociology at the University of Maryland.

Lyson and Falk are coauthors of High Tech, Low Tech: Recent Industrial and Occupational Change in the South.

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John Mort
Revealing if depressing scholarly study of rural poverty; in effect, the editors update information about classic pockets of poverty such as Michigan's Upper Peninsula, northern Maine, the "Black Beltway" of the South, certain areas dependent on the timber industry in the Northwest, and the Missouri Ozarks. Though certainly there have been changes since the 1960s, the authors find little improvement in the lot of the poor--the coming of the country-music industry to Branson, Missouri, for example, mostly involves out-of-state people and talent. The local poor take minimum-wage service jobs or are displaced from the area entirely.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780700605927
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Series: Rural America Ser.
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Forgotten Places: Poor Rural Regions in the United States 1
2 Uneven Development in Appalachia 7
3 The Reported and Unreported Missouri Ozarks: Adaptive Strategies of the People Left Behind 30
4 Life in the Forgotten South: The Black Belt 53
5 The Mississippi Delta: Change or Continued Trouble 76
6 Industrial Development and Persistent Poverty in the Lower Rio Grande Valley 102
7 The Forgotten of Northern New England 125
8 Ontonagon: A Remote Corner of Michigan's Upper Peninsula 168
9 The Failure of Sustained-Yield Forestry and the Decline of the Flannel-Shirt Frontier 195
10 In the Shadow of Urban Growth: Bifurcation in Rural California Communities 218
11 Forgotten Places Redux 257
About the Contributors 271
Index 275
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