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The RSS Oral History Project is a collective effort to capture the memories, recollections, and insights of members of the Rural Sociological Society. A key aim in developing the project was an interest in the evolution and development of rural sociology as a specialty area of sociology, but also the development of rural sociology as an organization. While the initial focus of the project is on interview past presidents, the project is open to interviews of all current and former RSS members.
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In particular, three goals form the focus of the project:
(1) to develop a sense of where rural sociology has been, what progress it has made, and where it is heading;
(2) to compare past challenges/issues/opportunities with those of today; and
(3) to develop a better understanding of the relationship between sociology and rural sociology.
The RSS Oral History Project was initiated by Joachim Singelmann, President of the Rural Sociological Society (2009-2010). Initially conceived in December 2009, Joachim sought to have captured the memories and recollections of past presidents of the society, their contributions, as well as the context in which the scholars worked.
A key aim in developing the project was an interest in the evolution and development of rural sociology as a specialty area of sociology, but also the development of rural sociology as an organization - particularly for past presidents who worked in the South since rural sociology there often was the vanguard of the establishment of general sociology at land-grant institutions.
Shoshanah Inwood, University of Vermont was recently interviewed for NPR's "the salt" about the importance of access to health insurance to farmers. Kathleen Masterson of Vermont Public Radio writes "There are many challenges to farming for a living: It's often grueling work that relies on unpredictable factors such as weather and global market prices. But one aspect that's often ignored is the cost of health care. Inwood has found in her work that most farmers cite health care costs as a top concern. Read the entire transcript here.