Rural America in an Urban Society: Changing Spatial and Social Boundaries

Posted: November 6, 2012

This review outlines several key aspects of the new rural-urban interface and the growing interpenetration of American rural and urban life.

by Daniel T. Lichter and David L. Brown, Annual Review of Sociology, 37.

The historical coincidence of spatial and social boundaries in America is changing rapidly. This review highlights (a) the enormous scale of rural-urban interdependence and boundary crossing, shifting, and blurring – along many dimensions of community life – over the past several decades, and (b) the symmetrical rather than asymmetrical influences between urban and rural areas, i.e., on bidirectional relational aspects of spatial categories.