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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 2 (Page no: 9)

Community change and community theory.

This chapter describes the most influential theory of community change that emerged during this period, namely, the 'Great Change' thesis. The accuracy of the thesis and its implications for community theory is assessed. The chapter concludes with a discussion of contemporary approaches to community and social change.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Introduction. Author(s): 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.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 171) A 50-year perspective on persistence and change: lessons from the rural studies communities. Author(s): Krannich, R. S. Luloff, A. E.