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Persistence and change in rural communities: a 50-year follow-up to six classic studies.

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A reexamination of the six rural community study areas in the USA is presented to document some of the diverse patterns of social organization and change that have characterized US rural communities over the 50 years following the original study effort. It also discusses the community characteristics that persisted. The book consists of 9 chapters. Chapter 1 provides the introduction. Chapter 2 pr...


Chapter 9 (Page no: 171)

A 50-year perspective on persistence and change: lessons from the rural studies communities.

This chapter examines the patterns of change that have occurred in the case studies on the six locales in the USA, the effects of change on community capacity and localized social interaction processes, and the implications of such changes for rural community well-being and rural development policy. The key finding that emerges from the restudy of these six communities, a half-century after the initial effort, revolves around the somewhat amazing persistence of localized social organization, community attachment and community action - regardless of the disparate and transformed settings characteristic of these places. In no case is there evidence that the social fabric of community collapsed in the face of population change, economic transitions or increased linkages to extra-local organizations and processes. Certainly, each community is dramatically different from what it was in 1940. All have witnessed the effects of declining local autonomy and increased vertical linkages to external organizations and authorities that accompanied the 'Great Change' process. The patterns of change evident in these places, while of paramount importance in understanding the great diversity of conditions and adaptations that confronted residents of rural America, should not, however, be presumed to reflect the so-called 'eclipse' of community that many earlier community analysts had anticipated.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Introduction. Author(s): Luloff, A. E. Krannich, R. S.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 9) Community change and community theory. Author(s): Bridger, J. C. Luloff, A. E. Krannich, R. S.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 23) Sublette, Kansas: persistence and change in Haskell County. Author(s): Bloomquist, L. Williams, D. Bridger, J. C.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 45) Irwin, Iowa: persistence and change in Shelby County. Author(s): Hoiberg, E. O.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 71) Community change in Harmony, Georgia, 1943-1993. Author(s): Green, G. P.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 95) Community change and persistence: Landaff, New Hampshire. Author(s): Schmidt, F. Skinner, E. Ploch, L. A. Krannich, R. S.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 117) Community and social well-being in contemporary El Cerrito. Author(s): Krannich, R. S. Eastman, C.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 143) The Old Order Amish community 50 years later. Author(s): Luloff, A. E. Bridger, J. C. Ploch, L. A.