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Our society has a lovehate relationship with its rural communities While revering rural areas as embodying the ultimate in quality of life rural citizens are simultaneously denigrated as uneducated backward and unsophisticated In this Article Professor Bassett notes that our societys focus its programs its culture and its standards are based on an urban assumption This urban focus both overshadows and marginalizes rural dwellers Professor Bassett argues that ruralism is a pervasive form of discrimination largely unrecognized unacknowledged and unexamined and one often impacting most harshly those individuals who already are subject to other forms of discrimination based on gender class and race