Rural Conservatism or Anarchism? The Pro‐state, Stateless, and Anti‐state Positions

  title={Rural Conservatism or Anarchism? The Pro‐state, Stateless, and Anti‐state Positions},
  author={Loka Ashwood},
  journal={Rural Sociology},
  • L. Ashwood
  • Published 31 July 2018
  • Economics
  • Rural Sociology
Popular discourse today so weds rurality and conservatism together in the United States that one does not seem quite at home without the other. But what is it really about the rural that beckons slapjack labels of conservatism? Scholars and practitioners, only a handful of them rural sociologists, have suggested a variety of explanations: antigovernmentalism, religion, lack of education, manual labor, poverty, primitivism, and a culture of poverty, among others. Each of these approaches, though… 

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