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A great place to raise kids : interpretation, science, and the urban-rural debate

Author: Kieran Bonner
Publisher: Montreal ; Buffalo : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©1997.
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"Popular wisdom and many rural centres make the claim that the country is a great place to raise kids. But is it? Kieran Bonner explores this question by examining the epistemological, political, and ethical issues involved in the claim." "Bonner analyses historical contributions to the urban-rural debate by Karl Marx, Ferdinand Tonnies, Max Weber, Georg Simmel, Louis Wirth, and Robert Redfield, as well as  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kieran Bonner
ISBN: 0773516131 9780773516137
OCLC Number: 36972089
Description: xi, 241 pages ; 24 cm
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Popular wisdom and many rural centres make the claim that the country is a great place to raise kids. But is it? Kieran Bonner explores the validity of this assumption by examining the  Read more...

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