Rural Families and Work

Context and Problems

  • Jean W. Bauer
  • Elizabeth M. Dolan

Part of the International Series on Consumer Science book series (ISCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-1
  2. Jean W. Bauer, Elizabeth M. Dolan
    Pages 1-15
  3. Jean W. Bauer, Elizabeth M. Dolan
    Pages 17-35
  4. Jean W. Bauer, Patricia H. Dyk, Seohee Son, Elizabeth M. Dolan
    Pages 37-54
  5. Elizabeth M. Dolan, Jean W. Bauer, Mary Jo Katras
    Pages 55-76
  6. Yoshie Sano, Leslie N. Richards, Jaerim Lee
    Pages 99-116
  7. Susan K. Walker, Margaret M. Manoogian
    Pages 117-136
  8. Carolyn L. Bird, Elizabeth M. Dolan, Sharon B. Seiling
    Pages 137-156
  9. Sharon B. Seiling, Margaret M. Manoogian, Seohee Son
    Pages 157-183
  10. Sheila Mammen, Frances C. Lawrence, Jaerim Lee
    Pages 185-205
  11. Jean W. Bauer, Elizabeth M. Dolan, Bonnie Braun
    Pages 207-215
  12. Elizabeth M. Dolan, Jean W. Bauer, Bonnie Braun
    Pages 217-230
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 227-227

About this book


The recent economic downturn has been especially devastating in America’s rural areas, where low wages, sporadic seasonal work, and manufacturing industries moving their plants out of the U.S. are widespread, and grocery stores and health care services may be miles away. Many families eligible for government programs are unaware of them. The transition from welfare to work is made more difficult by not only the fewer employment opportunities, and the limited access to transportation and child care which keeps many who want to work locked in a catch-22 of unemployment. 

Rural Families and Work analyzes in context the issues and policies that have the greatest influence on rural employment. An overview of relevant theories provides a central starting point for discussion of work and its relationship to family and community well-being. Data from the Rural Families Speak project (including interview transcripts from study participants) illustrate the range of problems preventing rural families from finding and maintaining adequate employment. In addition, the book evaluates current proposals, pinpoints future directions for research and policy, and features discussion questions to help bring work-related issues into focus. Among the topics examined in detail: 

  • The impact of TANF, EITC, and other aid programs.
  • The challenges of child care for low-income rural mothers.
  • Obstacles to employment: mental health problems and child health problems.
  • The hunger-obesity paradox and other physical health issues.
  • Social support and resource management among rural families.
  • Food insecurity  between Latino and white populations.

With its in-depth framework for understanding this complex subject, Rural Families and Work is a valuable text for family relations professors and students, and a solid reference for researchers studying social policy and the economics of the family.


Earned Income Tax Credit Economic well-being Families and unemployment Food security Low-income families Rural America Rural Families Rural Families Speak

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean W. Bauer
    • 1
  • Elizabeth M. Dolan
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. Family Social ScienceUniversity of MinnesotaSt. PaulUSA
  2. 2.Dept. Family StudiesUniversity of New HampshireDurhamUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-0381-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-0382-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5660
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5679
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