Theories for Studying Rural Families and Work

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Abstract

In this chapter, we discuss the role of theory and how it helps to shape our interpretation of data and findings. An overview is presented of the major theoretical frameworks used by the Rural Families Speak (RFS) research team members to study various aspects of employment for rural low-income family. RFS findings are used to illustrate the frameworks and suggestions are made regarding future research. The theories presented are further addressed in chapters throughout the book. The 22 theories are grouped into major categories: (a) Ecological, (b) Capital, Capabilities, and Family Economic, (c) Resource based, (d) Life perspectives, and (e) Employment/Output.

Keywords

Capability Capital Ecological Employment/output Family economic Resource based Life perspective Rural Families Speak Theory 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors would like to thank Dr. Mary Jo Katras (University of Minnesota), Dr. Jaerim Lee (Yeungnam University), Dr. Sharon Powell (University of Minnesota), Dr. Seohee Son (Sookmyung Women’s University), Dr. Yoshie Sano (Washington State University, Vancouver), and Dr. Erin Hiley Sharp (University of New Hampshire) for their insightful comments that were instrumental in the development of this chapter.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Family Social ScienceUniversity of MinnesotaSt. PaulUSA
  2. 2.Department of Family StudiesUniversity of New HampshireDurhamUSA

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