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American Rural Studies: Vocabulary

A guide to the history, culture, and socioeconomic issues facing the over 57 million Americans living in rural areas


As an interdisciplinary topic, it can be difficult to find the correct keywords for finding information on rural America. 

These lists - though not comprehensive - should start you on your research.

Library of Congress Subject Headings


Rural African Americans

Rural areas

Rural children

Rural children--Education

Rural children--Mental Health--United States

Rural churches  

Rural conditions

Rural crime

Rural development--Sociological aspects

Rural development--United States

Rural elderly

Rural elderly--United States--Social conditions

Rural families--United States

Rural families--Fiction

Rural health services--United States

Rural poor--United States

Rural renewal--United States

Rural schools--United States

Rural women--United States

Library of Congress Subject Headings


American literature--Ozark Mountains

Appalachian Region--Rural conditions--Fiction

Coal mines and mining--United States

Counseling in rural education--United States

Drug use--Rural Population

Education, Rural--Curricula--United States

Education, Rural--Social aspects--United States

Education, Rural--United States

Enterprise zones--Rural--United States

Farmers--United States

FICTION / Small Town & Rural

Housing, Rural--Government policy--United States

Indian reservations--United States

Medicine, Rural--United States

Police, Rural--United States

Social Service, Rural--United States

Sociology, Rural--Religious aspects--Catholic Church

Sociology, Rural--United States

United States--Rural conditions

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