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ERIC Number: ED066250
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Aug
Pages: 25
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The Causes and Consequences of Rural Depopulation: Case Studies of Declining Communities.
Drudy, P. J.; Wallace, D. B.
In this paper, the rural depopulation process in Great Britain over the last 20 years is examined. The causes and consequences of rural depopulation were examined in 4 fairly typical rural communities; these 4 communities and their present populations are (1) the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, 283,000; (2) Mid-Wales, 174,000; (3) North Norfolk in Eastern England, 29,000; and (4) North Mayo in Western Ireland, 32,000. All of these communities have registered a decline in population during the last 20 years, with the Scottish area showing some recovery during the last 10 years. This paper also examines economic and social factors associated with migration in North Norfolk. Findings suggest that the considerable realignment of the structure and organization of agriculture is the basis for migration from these areas. Other possible reasons for migration include entry into an occupation other than agriculture, individual levels of occupational aspiration, and degree of satisfaction with the local community. The consequences of depopulation include unbalanced age structures and sex ratios in the rural population and a decline in demand of such services as public transportation; considered a most serious consequence, the effects become causes in themselves. Data are presented in tabular form. (NQ)
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Identifiers: Great Britain
Note: Paper prepared for the Third World Congress for Rural Sociology, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, August 1972