"For-Profit Democracy" by Loka Ashwood

For-Profit Democracy Why the Government Is Losing the Trust of Rural America Loka Ashwood

Series:
Yale Agrarian Studies Series
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
19 Jun 2018
ISBN:
9780300215359
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
320 pages: 210 x 140mm
Illustrations:
25 b-w illus.

A fascinating sociological assessment of the damaging effects of the for-profit partnership between government and corporation on rural Americans

Why is government distrust rampant, especially in the rural United States? This book offers a simple explanation: corporations and the government together dispossess rural people of their prosperity, and even their property. Based on four years of fieldwork, this eye-opening assessment by sociologist Loka Ashwood plays out in a mixed-race Georgia community that hosted the first nuclear power reactors sanctioned by the government in three decades. This work serves as an explanatory mirror of prominent trends in current American politics. Churches become havens for redemption, poaching a means of retribution, guns a tool of self-defense, and nuclear power a faltering solution to global warming as governance strays from democratic principles. In the absence of hope or trust in rulers, rural racial tensions fester, divide, and conquer. The book tells of the rebellion that unfolds as the rights of corporations supersede the rights of individuals.

Loka Ashwood is assistant professor in the department of agricultural economics and rural sociology at Auburn University. She is a former award-winning journalist whose work has been published in books and sociological journals. She lives in Auburn, AL.