ERIC Number: ED026163
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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Church and Family in Modern Rural Appalachia.
The paucity of research concerning the role of family and church in rural Appalachia leads to a reliance on observations and parallels drawn from research in related areas of sociology. Highly structured family and church group relations in the Appalachian region often obstruct both the development of other inter-group relations and attempts to bring about change of any kind. Contacts with other than family, relatives, and neighbors are rare, and an outsider is viewed suspiciously. In order for the economic planner to influence these rural families toward economic development, he must convince them of his genuine interest in the families' welfare. Programs of development in this region, therefore, will have to deal with this insulated resistance to change and cannot count on family and church institutions to aid in the change processes designed to improve the economic conditions of Appalachia. (DK)
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Sponsor: West Virginia Univ., Morgantown. Appalachian Center.
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Note: Paper presented at conference on "Rural Southern Appalachia in Transition," W. Va. Univ., Morgantown, Oct. 19, 1967.