West Virginia University Press and the Rural Sociological Society are pleased to announce their partnership to publish the Rural Studies Series.

The Rural Sociological Society, established in 1937, and the Rural Studies Series were created to promote the scholarly analysis of rural social issues. For over two decades, the Rural Studies Series has played a vital role in publishing high quality scholarship aimed at improving the lives of rural people.

“We look for well-written and well-conceptualized manuscripts on a wide range of topics of interest to a broad readership,” said Mary Emery, series editor. “We are especially interested in manuscripts that address the connections between the local and global, the embeddedness of social structure and social processes in the organization of social space, and the integration of rural places within the global system.”

Books in this series will deal with issues of community and rural social organization, the social dimensions of agriculture, rural populations and economies, natural resources and the environment, rural poverty and health, and livelihood strategies. Books will speak to a broad readership, including scholars from various fields, policy makers, and the general public.

The Rural Sociological Society is a professional social science association that promotes the generation, application, and dissemination of sociological knowledge. The society seeks to enhance the quality of rural life, communities, and the environment. Conner Bailey, current president of the society, notes that, “Rural sociologists tend to be applied in their orientation and often work with researchers in different disciplines to address needs and opportunities of rural people in the U.S. and beyond.”

“This is a great opportunity for WVU Press to move into the social sciences with a small but established list and an enthusiastic sponsoring organization,” said Carrie Mullen, director of WVU Press. “I hope this series will be the cornerstone of a broader list in sociology and American studies.”

The series seeks a diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches and scholars from all the social sciences are encouraged to submit book proposals.
For more information, visit http://www.wvupressonline.com/series/rural_sociology and www.ruralsociology.org.


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