The Rural Sociological Society (RSS)
The RSS is a professional social science association that promotes the generation, application, and dissemination of sociological knowledge. The Society seeks to enhance the quality of rural life, communities, and the environment. This website is intended to serve all those interested in rural people and places.
The Rural Sociological Society is currently seeking nominations for three representatives to the International Rural Sociological Association (IRSA). IRSA representatives serve a 4-year term.
The mission of IRSA representatives is to increase interaction and exchange with kindred society members and to build linkages with kindred organizations. IRSA representatives must agree to attend the World Congress for Rural Sociology held every fourth year. This includes both the year at the beginning of the term and at the end of their term. Moreover, representatives are expected to attend the RSS Annual Meeting.
Nominations may be submitted through the following link: IRSA Representative Nominations
For questions or further information, please contact Rebecca Schewe, Nominations Committee Chair, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
79th Annual Meeting of the Society
2016 Toronto CanadaAugust 7-10, TORONTO MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN EATON CENTRE
2016 Annual meeting- Understanding Rural Social Class in an Era of Global Challenges.
As a sociological construct, social class is as old as the discipline itself. Over its history, rural sociology has been captivated by the determinants, nature and consequences of social class. Rural sociologists study its interaction with land tenure, the expansion of corporate farming, race and ethnicity, patterns of migration and mobility, fossil fuel extraction, environmental justice, population health, rural poverty, and myriad other topics. The fact is that class matters and yet, even broadly defined, social class has not been invoked in an RSS meetings theme in decades. Growing and arguably unacceptable levels of inequality have given rise to conflict and tension that revolve around class. There are worries about the disappearing middle and emergence of a social “precariat” class, about the unsettling reality of blocked opportunities for those struggling to survive, and about shifting definitions of “success” in the midst of leveled aspirations, resource scarcity, and climate change.
Research Interest Groups will be invited to organize sessions that take up the intersection of social class within their respective domains of expertise. Plenary and special sessions will provide an opportunity for focused and cross-disciplinary consideration of the implications of class for rural areas in an era of global change. Finally, we will capitalize on our overlap with the 2016 Congress of the International Rural Sociology Association to explore these issues worldwide.
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