Reimagining Rural: Urbanormative Portrayals of Rural Life (Studies in Urban-Rural Dynamics) (Paperback)

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By Gregory M. Fulkerson (Editor), Alexander R. Thomas (Editor), Leanne M. Avery (Contribution by)
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Reimagining Rural: Urbanormative Portrayals of Rural Life examines the ways in which rural people and places are being portrayed by popular television, reality television, film, literature, and news media in the United States. It is also an examination of the social processes that reinforce urbanormative standards that normalize urban life and render rural life as something unusual, exotic, or deviant. This includes exploring the role of the media as agenda setting agent, informing people what and how to think about rural life. Further it includes scrutinizing the institution of formal education that promotes a homogenous urban-oriented curriculum, while in the process, marginalizing the unique characteristics of local rural communities. These contributions are some of the only studies of their kind, investigating popular cultural representations of rural life, while providing powerful evidence and unique challenges for an urban society to rethink and reimagine rural life, while confronting the many stereotypes and myths that exist.

About the Author


Gregory M. Fulkerson is associate professor of sociology at the State University of New York at Oneonta. Alexander R. Thomas is professor of sociology at the State University of New York at Oneonta.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781498534086
ISBN-10: 1498534082
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication Date: April 11th, 2019
Pages: 184
Language: English
Series: Studies in Urban-Rural Dynamics