“The authors provide accessible conceptual and methodological frameworks that will be highly relevant as a guide to people engaged in university-community collaborations. Part of its value derives from the authors' skillful combination of clear exposition of theories linked to their practical application to community development and social change. Given my interest in sustainable food systems for health and well-being, I especially appreciate the attention to asset-based approaches. I think this book will be an excellent resource for anyone interested in understanding and facilitating cross-perspective communication and transdisciplinary research. Its combination of depth and accessibility will make the volume useful to scholars, students, and practitioners.” – Ardyth Harris Gillespie, Cornell University
Praise for Previous Editions:
“This text contributes to pedagogical effectiveness, student learning and empowered community practice. The text is well written, clearly organized, engaging, insightful and readable for a wide range of audiences.”
— Teaching Sociology
“This is a very readable book which both students and more advanced readers will appreciate. The authors present their material in a clear and systematic way. ... It will be of particular value to rural social workers and community practitioners who will benefit from its broad conceptual framework and extensive discussion of issues and challenges facing rural communities today.”
— Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare
"This book paints an illuminating picture of the complexity that is rural America today. A highly readable examination of the issues, this book sets a new standard for a publication that is both narratively approachable and theoretically rigorous."
— Karl N. Stauber, president of the Northwest Area Foundation, St. Paul, Minnesota, and former Under Secretary, USDA
"This is an exciting, practical, well-researched, and usable framework for making a difference in rural communities. Highly recommended to anyone interested in understanding how rural communities function and in being part of positive community development in rural America."
— Dick Senese, Associate Dean, Community Development & Vitality, University of Minnesota Extension Service
"This long-awaited update incorporates conceptual developments of the past decade. The focus remains on the unique character of rural America, but the authors make it clear that rural can only be understood in light of urban, national, and global phenomena. By the same token, students and other scholars interested primarily in urban phenomena will find much of interest in Rural Communities."
— Connor Bailey, Auburn University