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Description - Hollowing Out the Middle by Patrick J. Carr

In 2001, with funding from the MacArthur Foundation, sociologists Patrick J. Carr and Maria J. Kefalas moved to Iowa to understand the rural brain drain and the exodus of young people from America's countryside. They met and followed working-class "stayers"; ambitious and college-bound "achievers"; "seekers," who head off to war to see what the world beyond offers; and "returners," who eventually circle back to their hometowns. What surprised them most was that adults in the community were playing a pivotal part in the town's decline by pushing the best and brightest young people to leave.

In a timely, new afterword, Carr and Kefalas address the question "so what can be done to save our communities?" They profile the efforts of dedicated community leaders actively resisting the hollowing out of Middle America. These individuals have creatively engaged small town youth-stayers and returners, seekers and achievers-and have implemented a variety of programs to combat the rural brain drain. These stories of civic engagement will certainly inspire and encourage readers struggling to defend their communities.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780807006146
ISBN-10: 0807006149
Format: Paperback / softback
(215mm x 141mm x 17mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Beacon Press
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publish Date: 27-Jul-2010
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Patrick J. Carr

Patrick J. Carr is associate professor of sociology at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and the author of Clean Streets. Maria J. Kefalas is a professor of sociology at Saint Joseph's University, the author of Working-Class Heroes, and coauthor of Promises I Can Keep. The authors live outside Philadelphia.

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