definition • Based on land use patterns: “the picture you would get of a settlement from an airplane” – USDA • “Not urban:” population outside: • “urbanized areas” > 50,000 pop. • “urban clusters” 2,500 - 50k • 19.3% of U.S. population “rural” in 2010 - 59.4 million people! Census Bureau
areas” • Views cities as economic entities; rurality as what lies outside of their influence – as defined through regular commuting patterns • "Metropolitan," "Micropolitan" and a third unnamed categorization commonly called "non-core" or "non-metro"
B. Danbom Deﬁning the Rural West Finding the Rural West Jon K. Lauck Conquering Distance? Broadband and the Rural West Geoff McGhee Community Too Close for Comfort: When Big Stories Hit Small Towns Judy Muller On Water and Wolves: Toward an Integrative Political Ecology of the “New” West J. Dwight Hines Irrigation Communities, Political Cultures, and the Public in the Age of Depletion Burke W. Griggs Health Disparities Among Latino Immigrants Living in the Rural West Marc Schenker The Rural Western Economy Energy Development: Opportunities and Challenges in the Rural West Mark N. Haggerty and Julia H. Haggerty The New Natural Resource Economy: A Framework for Rural Community Resilience Michael Hibbard and Susan Lurie Land Use in the Rural West The Angry West: Understanding the Sagebrush Rebellion in Rural Nevada Leisl Carr Childers Skull Valley Goshutes and the Politics of Place, Identity, and Sovereignty in Rural Utah David Rich Lewis
by David B. Danbom Bridging the Distance examines a number of the problems and prospects of the rural West that have largely been neglected by scholars. The issues are considered in four sections—Defining the Rural West, Community, Economy, and Land Use—each with an introduction by editor David Danbom. The essays highlight factors that set the region apart from the rest of the country and provide varied perspectives on challenges faced by those living in often isolated areas. They cover matters such as the effects of a hazing incident and resulting media coverage that divided a small Colorado town; challenges in Montana and Wyoming where the ideas of new exurbanites regarding natural resources differ from those of long-time residents; conflicts between surface water and ground water users in Colo- rado, Kansas, and Nebraska; and the shortcomings of health care among Latino immigrants in rural California. Essays on rural economy suggest how states can better use fiscal policies to advance long-term economic health and how resources can be exploited in ways that are both environ- mentally and economically sustainable, one land use essay shares the viewpoint of a Nevada ranching family that has long struggled with the government over cattle grazing on federal lands while another examines the case of the Goshute Indians of Skull Valley, whose efforts to use their reservation for nuclear-waste storage roused the ire of the state of Utah. The essays in Bridging the Distance are fresh, informative, and in- sightful examinations of the complex problems facing the rural West. This is a book that will spur conversations and the search for solutions. David B. Danbom is the Fargo Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Professor Emeritus at North Dakota State University, where he taught for 36 years. He has authored six books, most recently Born in the Country: A History of Rural America and Sod Busting: How Families Made Farms on the Nineteenth-Century Plains. TO ORDER: phone 800-621-2736 fax 800-621-8476 email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.UofUPress.com For publicity inquiries, contact Hannah New, Marketing Manager, at 801-585-9786 or email@example.com The University of Utah Press J.Willard Marriott Library | THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH “These essays are pertinent, offering valuable perspectives and insights.” —William D. Rowley, author of Reclaiming the Arid West: The Career of Francis G. Newlands Coming in Fall 2015 “This book represents current thinking across a variety of disciplines regarding the rural West. It is up-to-date and offers a fresh look at challenges facing the region. By combin- ing data with thoughtful reflections and proposals, the book provides a foundation for further investigation and discussion.” —Brian Q. Cannon, coeditor of Immigration to the Far West and coauthor of The Awkward State of Utah: Coming of Age in the Nation, 1896–1945 (both University of Utah Press) Published in Cooperation with the Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University