Rikoon, J. Sanford Books
About the authors: J. Sanford Rikoon is Associate Professor of Rural Sociology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has published widely on environmental and rural issues in the Midwest and Eastern Europe. Rikoon’s previous books include Threshing i2000 0-7734-7758-6
This volume contributes to two primary contemporary scholarships – studies analyzing citizen opposition to mainstream environmental agendas, and research on the role of local communities and citizens in processes of implementing public environmental projects. It melds these interests through a study of a failed attempt by federal and state agencies to establish the Ozark Highlands Man and the Biosphere Reserve in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. In this case, citizen concerns about private property rights and their belief systems regarding environmentalist-led conspiracies served to undermine agency efforts to develop a large-scale ecosystem management effort. The work further contributes to scholarship by focusing on an instance of grassroots resistance by ordinary citizens, rather than the organized efforts of formal organizations.