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Books on Rurality and Education

(Alphabetical order)

Ardoin, S. (2018). College aspirations and access in working-class, rural communities: The mixed signals, challenges, and new language first-generation students encounter. Lexington Books.

Carr, P. J., & Kefalas, M. J. (2009). Hollowing out the middle: The rural brain drain and what it means for America. Beacon Press.

Chambers, C. R., & Crumb, L. (2020). African American rural education: College transitions and postsecondary experiences (Vol. 7). Emerald Publishing. 


Corbett, M. (2007). Learning to leave: The irony of schooling in a coastal community. Fernwood Publishing.

Cuervo, H. (2016). Understanding social justice in rural education. Palgrave Macmillan.

Price Azano, A., Eppley, K., & Biddle, C. (Eds.). (2021). The Bloomsbury handbook of rural education in the United States. Bloomsbury Publishing. 

Reynolds, W. M. (2017). Forgotten places: Critical studies in rural education. Peter Lang Publishing.

Schaft, K. A., & Youngblood Jackson, A. (2010). Rural education for the twenty-first century: Identity, place, and community in a globalizing world. Penn State Press.

Tieken, M. C. (2014). Why rural schools matter. University of North Carolina Press.

Books on Rurality Broadly

(Alphabetical order)

Brown, D. L., & Schafft, K. A. (2011). Rural people and communities in the 21st century: Resilience and transformation. Polity Press.

Duncan, C. M. (2014). Worlds apart: Poverty and politics in rural America. Yale University Press.

Fulkerson, G. M., & Thomas, A. R. (2019). Urbanormativity: Reality, representation, and everyday life. Lexington Books.

Sherman, J. (2009). Those who work, those who don't: Poverty, morality, and family in rural America. University of Minnesota Press.

Rural Memoirs

(Alphabetical order)

Smarsh, S. (2018). Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth. Scribe Publications.

Walls, J. (2006). The Glass Castle: A Memoir. Simon and Schuster.

Westover, T. (2018). Educated. HarperCollins.

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