Download Free Methland in PDF by Nick Reding Full eBook and published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA. This book was released on 2010-06-03 with total page 280 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Traces the efforts of a small Iowa community to counter the pervasiveness of crystal methamphetamine, in an account that offers insight into the drug's appeal while chronicling the author's numerous visits with the town's doctor, the local prosecutor and a long-time addict. Reprint. A best-selling book.
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Download Free Small-Town America in PDF by Robert Wuthnow Full eBook and published by Princeton University Press. This book was released on 2015-05-26 with total page 518 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A revealing examination of small-town life More than thirty million Americans live in small, out-of-the-way places. Many of them could have joined the vast majority of Americans who live in cities and suburbs. They could live closer to more lucrative careers and convenient shopping, a wider range of educational opportunities, and more robust health care. But they have opted to live differently. In Small-Town America, we meet factory workers, shop owners, retirees, teachers, clergy, and mayors—residents who show neighborliness in small ways, but who also worry about everything from school closings and their children's futures to the ups and downs of the local economy. Drawing on more than seven hundred in-depth interviews in hundreds of towns across America and three decades of census data, Robert Wuthnow shows the fragility of community in small towns. He covers a host of topics, including the symbols and rituals of small-town life, the roles of formal and informal leaders, the social role of religious congregations, the perception of moral and economic decline, and the myriad ways residents in small towns make sense of their own lives. Wuthnow also tackles difficult issues such as class and race, abortion, homosexuality, and substance abuse. Small-Town America paints a rich panorama of individuals who reside in small communities, finding that, for many people, living in a small town is an important part of self-identity.
Download Free The Small-Town Midwest in PDF by Julianne Couch Full eBook and published by University of Iowa Press. This book was released on 2016-04-15 with total page 244 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Julianne Couch sets out to illuminate the lives and hopes of small-town residents from nine small communities in five states in the Midwest and Great Plains: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wyoming. Residents are betting that the tide of rural population loss can't go out forever, and they're backing those bets with creatively repurposed schools, entrepreneurial innovation, and community commitment. From Bellevue, Iowa, to Centennial, Wyoming, the region's small-town residents remain both hopeful and resilient.
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Download Free The Big House in a Small Town in PDF by Eric J. Williams Full eBook and published by ABC-CLIO. This book was released on 2011 with total page 155 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This work is an in-depth, on-the-ground examination of how prisons impact rural communities, including a revealing study of two rural communities that have chosen prisons as an economic development strategy. * Provides compelling data from over 200 formal and informal interviews of local politicians, residents, and prison officials, including the former directors of Texas's prison system * Utilizes a combination of two qualitative methods to conduct the research
Download Free Immersion in PDF by Ted Conover Full eBook and published by University of Chicago Press. This book was released on 2016-10-24 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Over three and a half decades, Ted Conover has ridden the rails with hoboes, crossed the border with Mexican immigrants, guarded prisoners in Sing Sing, and inspected meat for the USDA. His books and articles chronicling these experiences, including the award-winning Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing, have made him one of the premier practitioners of immersion reporting. In immersion reporting—a literary cousin to ethnography, travel writing, and memoir—the writer fully steps into a new world or culture, participating in its trials, rites, and rituals as a member of the group. The end results of these firsthand experiences are familiar to us from bestsellers such as Nickel and Dimed and Behind the Beautiful Forevers. But in a world of wary strangers, where does one begin? Conover distills decades of knowledge into an accessible resource aimed at writers of all levels. He covers how to “get into” a community, how to conduct oneself once inside, and how to shape and structure the stories that emerge. Conover is also forthright about the ethics and consequences of immersion reporting, preparing writers for the surprises that often surface when their piece becomes public. Throughout, Conover shares anecdotes from his own experiences as well as from other well-known writers in this genre, including Alex Kotlowitz, Anne Fadiman, and Sebastian Junger. It’s a deep-in-the-trenches book that all aspiring immersion writers should have in hand as they take that first leap into another world.
Download Free The Hands-On Life in PDF by Amy E. Weldon Full eBook and published by Wipf and Stock Publishers. This book was released on 2018-01-30 with total page 254 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Stressed out? Swimming in a sea of screens? Worried about our beloved, endangered earth yet uncertain how to work for change? If this sounds familiar, you're not alone. In this intelligent guide to mindfulness in the digital age, writer and teacher Amy Weldon describes how practicing life as an artist can help you wake yourself up and take back control of your attention, your money, your time, and the health of our society and our planet. Traveling from farm to protest march to classroom, and engaging a range of thinkers from Hannah Arendt to George Orwell, John Keats, and Henry David Thoreau, The Hands-On Life is a book for students and for everyone who dreams of building a better world.
Download Free Up to Heaven and Down to Hell in PDF by Colin Jerolmack Full eBook and published by Princeton University Press. This book was released on 2021-04-20 with total page 330 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Introduction: Land of the Freehold -- Billtown -- Boomtown -- The Fracking Lottery -- My Land -- The Public/Private Paradox -- Indentured -- Unmoored -- Overruled -- Town and Country -- Our Land -- Conclusion: Bust and Beyond.
Download Free Hinterland in PDF by Phil A. Neel Full eBook and published by Reaktion Books. This book was released on 2018-03-15 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Over the last forty years, the human landscape of the United States has been fundamentally transformed. The metamorphosis is partially visible in the ascendance of glittering, coastal hubs for finance, infotech, and the so-called creative class. But this is only the tip of an economic iceberg, the bulk of which lies in the darkness of the declining heartland or on the dimly lit fringe of sprawling cities. This is America’s hinterland, populated by towering grain threshers and hunched farmworkers, where laborers drawn from every corner of the world crowd into factories and “fulfillment centers” and where cold storage trailers are filled with fentanyl-bloated corpses when the morgues cannot contain the dead. Urgent and unsparing, this book opens our eyes to America’s new heart of darkness. Driven by an ever-expanding socioeconomic crisis, America’s class structure is recomposing itself in new geographies of race, poverty, and production. The center has fallen. Riots ricochet from city to city led by no one in particular. Anarchists smash financial centers as a resurgent far right builds power in the countryside. Drawing on his direct experience of recent popular unrest, from the Occupy movement to the wave of riots and blockades that began in Ferguson, Missouri, Phil A. Neel provides a close-up view of this landscape in all its grim but captivating detail. Inaugurating the new Field Notes series, published in association with the Brooklyn Rail, Neel’s book tells the intimate story of a life lived within America’s hinterland.
Download Free The Routledge History of Rural America in PDF by Pamela Riney-Kehrberg Full eBook and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2016-04-14 with total page 440 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: First published in 2014. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Download Free Meth Wars in PDF by Travis Linnemann Full eBook and published by NYU Press. This book was released on 2016-12-06 with total page 280 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Introduction: the methamphetamine imaginary -- Walter White's death wish -- This is your race on meth -- Governing through meth -- The war out there -- Imagining methland -- Drug war, terror war, street corner, battlefield -- Epilogue: endless (drug) war
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