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

Loka Ashwood


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 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 o ... More

Keywords: corporations, government, rural people, American politics, redemption, retribution, self-defense, nuclear power, government distrust

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780300215359
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300215359.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Loka Ashwood, author
Auburn University