Race, Ethnicity, and Twenty-First Century Rural Sociological Imaginings: A Special Issue Introduction*

Ian Carrillo, Katrina Quisumbing King, Kai A. Schafft

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This article, which also serves as the introduction for this special guest-edited issue, examines the history of Rural Sociology's scholarly engagement with rurality, race, and ethnicity. We examine the historical patterns of how Rural Sociology has addressed race and ethnicity, and then present results from a meta-analysis of empirical articles published between 1971 and 2020. Over time, the methodological approaches and scholarly focus of articles on race and ethnicity within Rural Sociology has gradually expanded to include more analyses of power and inequality using constructivist perspectives, and greater numbers of qualitative inquiries into the lived experiences of both white and nonwhite people. The articles featured in the special issue extend from Rural Sociology's growing attention to race and ethnicity. Together, they suggest the ways in which rural spaces are racially coded, how intersections with race and ethnicity exacerbate rural inequality, how the domination of people and the environment are co-constituted, and how practices of racism are embedded within contextually specific ecologies. In drawing attention to these contributions, we suggest future directions for the discipline's engagement with rurality, race, and ethnicity, while simultaneously suggesting the ways in which our own disciplinary racial reckoning remains incomplete.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-443
Number of pages25
JournalRural Sociology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


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