For-Profit Democracy: Why the Government Is Losing the Trust of Rural America (Yale Agrarian Studies)
A fascinating sociological assessment of the damagingeffects of the for†'profit partnership between government andcorporation on rural AmericansWhy is government distrust rampant, especially in the ruralUnited States? This book offers a simple explanation: corporationsand the government together dispossess rural people of theirprosperity, and even their property. Based on four years offieldwork, this eye†'opening assessment by sociologist Loka Ashwoodplays out in a mixed†'race Georgia community that hosted the firstnuclear power reactors sanctioned by the government in threedecades. This work serves as an explanatory mirror of prominenttrends in current American politics. Churches become havens forredemption, poaching a means of retribution, guns a tool ofself†'defense, and nuclear power a faltering solution to globalwarming as governance strays from democratic principles. In theabsence of hope or trust in rulers, rural racial tensions festerand divide. The book tells of the rebellion that unfolds as therights of corporations supersede the rights of humans.