Fall 2023

Rethinking Race and Class in Rural America

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-268  |  Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-268


Leah C. Schmalzbauer (Section 01)


(Offered as AMST 268 and SOCI 268) This course will bring a sociological lens to contemporary race and class relations in rural America. Drawing from social-historical analyses, ethnography, interview-based research, and memoir, we will look at the social forces at the base of shifting rural demographics, as well as how these shifts are being experienced in rural daily life. Central to the course will be an analysis of how place shapes the relationship between race and class, and how these place-based relationships in turn shape individual and collective identity. Throughout the course we will reflect on what anti-racist, equitable community building might look like in rural America and beyond.

Fall semester.  Professor Schmalzbauer.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on written work; readings; in-depth discussion; and small group seminar presentations.

AMST 268 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM CHAP 203
Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM CHAP 203

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Families on the Edge: Experiences of Homelessness and Care in Rural New England MIT Press Elizabeth Carpenter Song Amherst Books TBD
The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker. University of Chicago Press Katherine Kramer Amherst Books TBD
Billionaire Wilderness: The Ultra-Wealthy and the Remaking of the American West Princeton University Justin Farrell Amherst Books TBD
Forgotten Girls: A Memoir of Friendship and Lost Promise in Rural America Random House Monica Potts Amherst Books TBD
VanOn the Line: Slaughterhouse Lives and the Making of the New South Vanessa Ribas. 2015. On the Line: SlaughUniversity of California Press Vanessa Ribas Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Fall 2023