This collection of original chapters, written by prominent social scientists, elucidates the theory and practice of contemporary rural sociology. The book applies lessons from the careers of sociologists and their field research endeavors, covering a wide range of topics: agricultural production, processing, and marketing; international food security and rural development; degradation of the bio-physical environment across borders; and the study of community, family, health, and many other issues in an increasingly globalized world. The authors’ candid accounts provide insight into possibilities for enhancing opportunity and equality and serving basic human needs. (Description from the publisher Routledge, 2015)
Professor Johannes Bakker, who is known as Hans, retired in 2012 after thirty five years at the University of Guelph. He taught in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and conducted research in India and Indonesia. He is still active in the Rural Sociological Society and the American Sociological Association as well as other academic groups. His book on Gandhi and his edited book on Gandhi and the Gita enjoyed good academic sales. He has published more than forty refereed articles and chapters.