Prairie Town: Redefining Rural Life in the Age of Globalization / Edition 1

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Prairie Town: Redefining Rural Life in the Age of Globalization describes the contemporary rural condition and efforts to sustain rural life in one small Minnesota community at the turn of the 21st century. Like many other agricultural based towns, Prairie Town struggled for survival within the context of the on-going farm crisis, NAFTA, neoliberal agricultural policies, and growing agribusiness that negatively impacted many farmers throughout the world. The effects of globalization, the displacement of rural workers to urban areas, and the deterioration of rural life were a widespread phenomenon. In spite of these complex issues, Prairie Town worked to define a new rural— life, one which entailed a new rural literacy—a new way of reading rural life-that changed the way rural life, work, and education were realized. Prairie Town's story offers us hope as we learn that neoliberalism is not inevitable, nor is the demise of rural America. From this community, we learn that not everything can be bought and sold, and disidentification with dominant societal structures is possible within a participatory democratic society. New cultural models can be constructed that enable individuals in Prairie Town and elsewhere to actively work to construct ways of being that are consistent with their values and hopes for how they might live together.

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Editorial Reviews

An interesting perspective on rural community development. Rural sociologists will find much to contemplate and appreciate in this articulate, impassioned description of rural malaise and the possibilities for community renewal. Recommended.
Harvard Educational Review
Timely and engaging, Prairie Town: Redefining Rural Life in the Age of Globalization illuminates a segment of American society that is often ignored.
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Meet the Author

Jacqueline Edmondson is assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University.

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Table of Contents

1 Acknowledgements 2 Introduction 3 Part One: The Contemporary Rural Condition 4 Chapter 1: Rural Community in a Global Village: The View from Prairie Town 5 Chapter 2: Agricultural Policy and Labor Issues in Rural Minnesota 6 Part Two: Rural Literacies 7 Chapter 3: Traditional Rural Literacy 8 Chapter 4: Neoliberalism and Rural Literacy 9 Part Three: Toward a New Rural Literacy 10 Chapter 5: The Prairie Renaissance 11 Chapter 6: Joining Hands: Connecting Prairie Town to the World, and the World to Prairie Town 12 References 13 Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014


    I might want to rp one...let me think about it...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    Rosepetal and co.

    Ooh, me, me, me! I love rping a kit. Lol. I would just prefer a femme one though but either is fine ^_^ ~Rosepetal &hearts~ -Opalburst &star -Vapoursecret

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014


    I'd like to rp a kit, Earthbeam. -Shell

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Earthbeam and her kits

    Ok, so im thinking of having 4 kits, but i need to know how many people want to rp a kit before i make it official!! Thanks in advance to everybody who has volenteered to rp one of my kits!! Love you all! &hearts &hearts &hearts &hearts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014


    Velvetstar stared at Goldenstripe, stunned into silence. Her normal obstinance soon returned to her, and she straigtened her composure. "I'm not going. And the kits are with Nightfang, your acting like I'm a bad mother! Oceanstripe doesn't have anyone else, and he isn't any fool like you think, he's made mistakes. If what he did was so horrible that he deserves to be left helpless for dead, than I think you deserve worse! Lilywolf didn't say things like that about you after you messed around with Amberspirit, or kept your past with Whitetail hidden. She could've said the same about you!" Velvetstar glared at Goldenstripe, hoping her words hurt. He'd been biting people's heads off constantly recently, and she wanted it to stop. "I'll see you at home, maybe when you get there you'll get the thorns out of your nest and chill out," Velvetstar murmered, turning and heading to find Oceanstipe. -Velvetstar- (I wanted to say get your underwear out your bu<_>tt but Goldys lack of draws would make that irrevelant hee hee! I gotta find her bio then I'll text it to you)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014


    "I'm not acting," he snorted in response about her kits, not bothering to turn around. When she brought up Amberspirit and Whitetail, Goldenstripe turned his head to glare at her. "Maybe Lilywolf didn't because she knows it's not worth it to leave your mate even when things are hard, something you wouldn't know about," he growled sharply, lashing his tail. He turned again and kept going, irritation burning his pelt. ~Goldenstripe (Lol ok. I'm going to post in result 8)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014


    Ran in

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