For a general overview about rural life and rural poverty:

Sociologist Nina Eliasoph’s review of non-fiction books about rural America and cultural divides

To read about the history of the agrarian myth, check out Richard Hofstadter’s “The Myth of the Happy Yeoman

Sociologist Gwen Sharp’s reporting on Census data about rural poverty

For survey data about American attitudes and experiences:

A Pew Research Center report about American attitudes toward immigrants

A Pew Research Center report about experiences of discrimination among Latinx-Americans

On the relationship between immigration policy and labor:

Los Angeles Times research on the reluctance of American born workers to do the kinds of jobs often held by immigrant workers

Sociology References

Crowley, Martha, Daniel Lichter & Zhenchao Qian.  2006.  “Beyond Gateway Cities: Economic Restructuring and Poverty among Mexican Immigrant Families and Children.”  Family Relations, 55 (July): 345-360.

Lichter, Daniel T. & David L. Brown.  2011.  “Rural America in an Urban Society: Changing Spatial and Social Boundaries.”  Annual Review of Sociology, 37: 565-592.

Lichter, Daniel & Kenneth Johnson.  2006.  “Emerging Rural Settlement Patterns and the Geographic Redistribution of American’s New Immigrants.”  Rural Sociology, 71(1): 109-131.

Lichter, Daniel, Domenico Parisi, Steven Michael Grice & Michael C. Taquino.  2007.  “National Estimates of Racial Segregation in Rural and Small-town America.”  Demography, 44(3): 563-581.

Schwalbe, Michael. 2014. Rigging the Game: How Inequality Is Reproduced in Everyday Life. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

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