Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The Journal of Rural Social Sciences (JRSS) (appearing from 1983 to 2009 as Southern Rural Sociology), publishes research on rural issues across a wide range of subjects, welcoming submissions from researchers in agricultural economics and education; community sociology; cultural anthropology and geography; demography; immigration; natural resource sociology; and rural health, history, policy and sociology.
Content includes research articles, research notes, non-peer-reviewed commentary, and book reviews, and the editorial board consists of scholars from around the U.S. and Canada.
Articles and research notes from the most recent two issues reveal the breadth of content to be found here, including “The Social Architecture of Local Food Tourism: Challenges and Opportunities for Community Economic Development,” “Women of the River: Grassroots Organizing and Natural Disaster,” “Stakeholder Perceptions of Socioenvironmental Impacts from Unconventional Natural Gas Development and Hydraulic Fracturing in the Haynesville Shale,” “Examining Rural-Urban Population Change in the Southeastern United States,” “Perception of the Natural Gas Industry and Engagement in Individual Civic Actions,” “The Twilight of Forks?: The Effect of Social Infrastructure on Film Tourism and Community Development in Forks, WA,” “Geographical Indicators in Brazilian Food Markets: Quality Conventions, Institutionalization, and Path Dependence,” “Small Farmers, Big Challenges: A Needs Assessment of Florida Small-Scale Farmers' Production Challenges and Training Needs,” “Are Rural People more Anti-Immigrant than Urban People? A Comparison of Attitudes toward Immigration in the United States,” and “Differing Perspectives on Biofuels: Analysis of National, Regional, and State Newspaper Coverage.”
You’ll note that the name change was appropriate, since rural issues concerning areas outside the American South are now included (such as Forks, WA, and Brazil).
Material here is scholarly, but with a timely cultural emphasis that will inform the work of many. This is an important title for researchers in rural communities and societies.