Census Bureau Soliciting Feedback
Census Bureau Soliciting Feedback
On July 19, 2018 the Census Bureau released a Federal Register notice Soliciting Feedback from Users on 2020 Census Data Products (Document Number 2018-15458). This notice, published with a 60-day comment period, requests feedback from users on specific decennial census products such as Summary File 1, Summary File 2, and the Demographic Profile. The last day to provide comment on the notice is September 17, 2018.

The Federal Register notice includes a link to an optional spreadsheet that will help users provide detailed feedback.

To assist users with how to use this spreadsheet and how to respond to the notice, a live informational webinar will be held on Tuesday July 31, 2018 at 2pm EST.  The webinar will also be recorded and made available several days later on the Census Bureau website. Please note that the webinar is intended only to answer questions about the feedback process; all comments must be submitted though either electronic mail, postal mail, or the Federal e-Rulemaking portal as outlined in the notice itself.
We Have Moved!

The Rural Sociological Society's Business office has moved.  You can now get a hold of us with the following information:

New Address: PO Box 791061, New Orleans, LA  70179-1061

RSS Business Office: 309.298.3518

Executive Director RSS: 504.218.8460

Email Address: [email protected]

Penn State’s 26th Annual Symposium on Family Issues

Rural Families and Communities - Penn State’s 26th Annual Symposium on Family Issues

October 22-23, 2018.  The landscape of family life is ever changing. The strategies needed to maintain family economic stability, health and general well-being vary across space and place. Although the rural-urban divide is often portrayed as the most important geographic distinction, there is tremendous diversity across rural communities. Contrary to some depictions, families in rural areas come from diverse backgrounds. Further, some rural areas are resource constrained while others host opportunities that can support healthy families and child well-being. The 2018 National Symposium on Family Issues will focus on the challenges facing families in rural areas and the unique strategies invoked by families in rural areas today. For more information and to register visit 2018 Family Symposium.

RSS Member's New Publication For-Profit Democracy

RSS Member Loka Ashwood has recently published a new book.

A fascinating sociological assessment of the damaging effects of the for-profit partnership between government and corporation on rural Americans

Why is government distrust rampant, especially in the rural United States? This book offers a simple explanation: corporations and the government together dispossess rural people of their prosperity, and even their property. Based on four years of fieldwork, this eye-opening assessment by sociologist Loka Ashwood plays out in a mixed-race Georgia community that hosted the first nuclear power reactors sanctioned by the government in three decades. This work serves as an explanatory mirror of prominent trends in current American politics. Churches become havens for redemption, poaching a means of retribution, guns a tool of self-defense, and nuclear power a faltering solution to global warming as governance strays from democratic principles. In the absence of hope or trust in rulers, rural racial tensions fester and divide. The book tells of the rebellion that unfolds as the rights of corporations supersede the rights of humans.

Learn more here:

New Book: The Neoliberal Diet: Healthy Profits, Unhealthy People

RSS Member Gerardo Otero is publishing a new book that will be available soon.  You can view the book at this link.

Book description:
Why are people getting fatter in the United States and beyond? Mainstream explanations argue that people simply eat too much “energy-dense” food while exercising too little. By swapping the chips and sodas for fruits and vegetables and exercising more, the problem would be solved. By contrast, The Neoliberal Diet argues that increased obesity does not result merely from individual food and lifestyle choices. Since the 1980s, the neoliberal turn in policy and practice has promoted trade liberalization and retrenchment of the welfare regime, along with continued agricultural subsidies in rich countries. Neoliberal regulation has enabled agribusiness multinationals to thrive by selling highly processed foods loaded with refined flour and sugars—a diet that originated in the United States—as well as meat. Drawing on extensive empirical data, Gerardo Otero identifies the socioeconomic and political forces that created this diet, which has been exported around the globe, often at the expense of people’s health.

Otero shows how state-level actions, particularly subsidies for big farms and agribusiness, have ensured the dominance of processed foods and made healthful fresh foods inaccessible to many. Comparing agrifood performance across several nations, including the NAFTA region, and correlating food access to class inequality, he convincingly demonstrates the structural character of food production and the effect of inequality on individual food choices. Resolving the global obesity crisis, Otero concludes, lies not in blaming individuals but in creating state-level programs to reduce inequality and make healthier food accessible to all.

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