At the 2019 Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Society (RSS), we will explore a myriad of theoretical perspectives, sociocultural practices, and political actions concerning justice and tyranny. This theme is timely because many RSS members are involved in various research, curricular, and outreach initiatives nationally and internationally to understand the justice and ethics of agriculture, the food system, natural resource extraction, healthcare, government, and criminal justice to name just a few. Community-based organizations are applying the rural sociological imagination to bridge chasms in communities and disrupt the us-versus-them mentality at the heart of tyranny. Many colleges and universities have begun offering justice programs and courses (e.g., “Environmental Justice,” “Food Justice”). Let us use the 2019 meeting as an intellectually engaging space to share our stories from the field, theoretical and methodological innovations to interpret the social world, and community action to address political and socioeconomic polarization.
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