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Examines the transition to a service economy in rural America, drawing on analysis of national data and case studies. Documents the intraregional spatial patterns and trends of services in the national economy, compares services in urban and rural communities, and identifies the potential and limitations of rural development strategies based on services. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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  • ISBN-13: 9780791422007
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1994
  • Series: SUNY series, The New Inequalities Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 291
  • Product dimensions: 5.91 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

Why a Concern about Services Now?

The Transformation of the Structure of the U.S. Economy

The Role of Services in Rural America: An Outline of the Book

The Current Rural Situation

2. Rural Services in an Age of Information Technology: Definitions, Theories, and Empirical Evidence

Defining Services

Social Change and the Growth of Services

The Growth Experience of Services in Peripheral Areas

What the Service Sector Means for Development in Rural Areas

Models of Service Industry Development and Location

Conclusion

3. Rural Services: A New Source of Export-Led Development or a Continuing Dependence on Traditional Sectors?

Manufacturing's Experience

An Overview of Services Growth in America

The Top Ten Job-Generating Industries: A Comparison of the National and Rural Experiences

Percentage Change in Services at the National Level

Economic Diversity and the Structure of Services

Services as a Share of Total Rural Employment

Conclusion

4. Producer Services: Back Offices, Niche Markets, New Exports?

The National View of Complex Corporate Activities

Patterns of Growth in Export-Oriented Producer Services

Conclusion

5. Rural Computer Services in an International Economy

Computer Services: The Expectation

Overview of Rural Computer Services

Computer Programming in Rural Economies

Data Entry and Processing in Rural Economies

Conclusion

6. The Changing Face of Banking in Rural Communities

Competitive Context Steers Structural Changes and Market Orientation

The Case Studies

Discussion of the Case Studies and Their Implications

Conclusion

7. The Transformation of the Residentiary Sector: From Local Services to Branch Operations

Retail Services

Case Study: Olney, Illinois

Consumer Services

Conclusion

8. Conclusions

The Service Economy in Rural America

Implications for Development Practice

Strategies for Rural Service Exporters

Implications for Development Theory

Appendix I: Geographic System Used to Identify Rural Areas

Appendix II: Data Sources and Limitations

The Organizational Basis of County Business Patterns, Recent Revisions and Classification Changes

USEEM Dataset

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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