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By Patrick J. Carr, Maria J. Kefalas

In 2001, with investment from the MacArthur origin, sociologists Patrick J. Carr and Maria J. Kefalas moved to Iowa to appreciate the agricultural mind drain and the exodus of children from America’s nation-state. They met and working-class “stayers”; formidable and college-bound “achievers”; “seekers,” who head off to conflict to work out what the realm past deals; and “returners,” who ultimately circle again to their hometowns. What shocked them so much was once that adults in the neighborhood have been enjoying a pivotal half within the town’s decline by means of pushing the easiest and brightest teenagers to leave.

In a well timed, new afterword, Carr and Kefalas deal with the query “so what might be performed to save lots of our communities?” They profile the efforts of committed group leaders actively resisting the hollowing out of center the United States. those participants have creatively engaged small city youth—stayers and returners, seekers and achievers—and have carried out various courses to strive against the agricultural mind drain.  those tales of civic engagement will surely motivate and inspire readers suffering to safeguard their groups.

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