Mary Grigsby

Mary Grigsby
University of Missouri | Mizzou · Department of Rural Sociology

Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia

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Introduction
Mary Grigsby is Professor Emeritus of Rural Sociology in the Division of Applied Social Sciences, University of Missouri. Mary does research in Sociology of Culture, Urban/Rural Sociology, Sustainable Development and Qualitative Social Research. Her current research is a qualitative study of consumption and community making in a small Midwestern town.

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The purpose of this research was to gain knowledge of why and how people engage in prepping. Their beliefs, values, life circumstances, and practices were studied. Preppers seek to be self-sufficient and prepared for catastrophic events. Drawing from in-depth interviews of 13 preppers in the Midwest, a grounded theory approach was used to analyze t...
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Qualitative study of media uses of young adults aged 18 to 29.
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This article presents the results of a grounded theory study of mentoring experiences of domestic Ph.D. students in programs recognized by the National Research Council (2010) as being among the top Ph.D. programs at the public comprehensive doctoral-granting land grant research university where the research was conducted. A typology of Ph.D. stude...
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For several decades, international development has focused on to helping rural communities in Africa attain economic development. The Millennium Villages Promise is a community-based Development strategy designed to facilitate the attainment of Millennium Development Goals in target sectors of education, agriculture, health, and infrastructure. The...
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This article investigates the perspectives of Kenyan women in the Kaimosi cottage industry regarding the benefits and challenges of producing craft commodities for the global marketplace. Utilising qualitative methods, the research provides an understanding of issues the women faced in producing and marketing goods and offers insights for NGOs into...
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This research helps fill the gap in work on the identification problem reviewed by Larry Blume et al. (2011) by showing how qualitative survey methods can potentially help separate actual contagion effects in consumption from confounding effects that look like contagion if only observational data are used. Confounding effects include correlated uno...
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This research summarizes and analyzes the academic literature on motivations of consumers of Fair Trade products. Basic disciplinary, methodological approaches and thematic emphases are described. Ethical consumption, labeling, and the significance of meaning and identity in consumption of Fair Trade are the three main themes found to predominate i...
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This research describes the influence that farm size has on gendered involvement in crop cultivation and decision making about what crops to grow where, irrigation and marketing among small and medium-sized farmers in Moldova. Findings reveal that overall crop cultivation is characterized by gendered patterns that vary according to farm size. Overa...
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Entrepreneurial Attitudes in a Post-Communist Transitional Rural Economy: The Case of Moldova A sample survey of small and medium-sized farms in Moldova is used to examine the prevalence of different aspects of an "entrepreneurial outlook" in a post-communist transitional economy. Within the range of less than 1 to 100 hectare farms, the most prono...
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This paper analyzes how male Missouri "noodlers" (hand fishers) account for the persistence of illegal catfish catching across generations. Noodling is central to the way men construct a subculturally worthy identity based on trust, respect, sharing, reciprocity and recognition of interdependence with members of their group, community and the local...
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Sailormoon est une bande-dessinee et une serie de dessins animes japonais dont l'heroine est une adolescente de 14 ans. Cet article examine ce qui peut expliquer la popularite de Sailormoon et aider a sa diffusion mondiale. L'A. montre en quoi cette serie reflete et resoud les tensions existant entre la culture traditionnelle idealisee et la cultur...
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Buying Time and Getting By provides a detailed account of the voluntary simplicity movement, which took off in the United States in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The concept of voluntary simplicity encompasses both self-change aimed at bringing personal practice into alignment with ecological values and cultural change that rejects consumerist va...
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As electronic information searching with different software strategies and interactive systems becomes the only way to access desired holdings, the need to measure the efficiency of individual search strategies becomes critical to the research process that drives our choice of systems and instruction. Formal experimental research depends on the cho...
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This qualitative research, based on interviews and participant observation conducted between 2005 and 2008, examines patterned variations in the masculine identity work of Missouri men noodlers between the ages of 18 and 90. Noodling or hand fishing is a folk tradition that involves submerging in lakes or rivers and feeling under the banks for hole...

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