ERIC Number: ED066257
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Aug-24
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Comparative Views and Actions of Community Leaders and Nonleaders.
Nix, Harold L.; Seerley, Norma R.
The relationships of leaders as coordinative group members and the differential views of leaders and nonleaders in 1 urban county (DeKalb) and 2 rural counties (Laurens, Lumpkin) were studied. Two methods, both utilizing the same interview schedule, were used to obtain the samples. In the first method, the Community Reconnaissance Method, positional and reputational leaders in each county were interviewed--117 in DeKalb, 74 in Laurens, and 83 in Lumpkin. The second survey was conducted in DeKalb and Laurens only, using 368 household heads and 322 registered voters. Selection of respondent leaders was made by (1) choosing top positional leaders from basic institutional areas, (2) getting nominations of general influentials, specialized leaders, sublocality leaders, and underrepresented categories from a panel of positional leaders and members of sponsoring organizations, and (3) asking each respondent selected to name 6 or more of the most influential leaders from his community. Findings indicated that leaders were more likely than nonleaders to belong to coordinative community groups and to reflect a coordinative orientation by naming 1 or more coordinative community needs and that in the urban community, both leaders and nonleaders were more likely to reflect a coordinative orientation than were those in the rural community. This difference appeared to associate with high levels of education and occupational positions held by leaders and nonleaders in the urban community as compared to the rural community. (NQ)
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Note: Paper prepared for the Third World Congress of Rural Sociology, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, August 23-24, 1972