Monday, October 17, 2011
Once Upon A Place
Once Upon a Place: The Fading of Community in Rural Kentucky was written by Kenneth Tunnell, a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Eastern Kentucky University.
Rural communities are undergoing profound change. Within the United States, these changes are tied to the demise of the family farm—the decline in family farming and the “development” of the country-side race along. Small businesses are dying as big-box retailers dominate local economies. People are leaving their homes where their families have lived for generations. In his new book titled Once Upon A Place, author Kenneth D. Tunnell vividly presents The Fading of Community in Rural Kentucky.
Packed with photographs, Once Upon A Place documents these shifts within Kentucky. The author has paid visual attention to the downturn in family farming and to the closing of local businesses, schools, post offices, and churches; to the influx of big-box retailers; to symbols of community awash in change; and to indications of social disorganization played out as social problems. Observations of these events within Kentucky are described in this book. The many photographs record vast changes to geographical and cultural features of rural life.
Highly descriptive and very informative, Once Upon A Place is a fascinating book that will help readers understand the changing of times through the well-presented graphics and writings