Dr. Karen A. Bradley is an Associate Professor in the Sociology Program at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. She received her Ph.D. in Rural Sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
2007 0-7734-5344-X This study is an examination of Missouri’s 1990 citizen’s petition effort to regulate rural streams which, though it seemed poised for great success, eventually ended in a dramatic loss in every county of the state. The analysis revolves around the collapse of modern underpinnings of environmentalism, in particular the rural-urban dichotomy, the role of a centralized state within a grassroots framework, the question of science and the notion of a singularly defined public good. It is intended for scholars interested in the environmental movement, resource protection, progressive social activism, and rural sociology.