ERIC Number: ED175600
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug-22
Reference Count: 0
Structural Disturbances in Rural Communities: Some Repercussions of the Migration Turnaround in Michigan.
Clay, Daniel C.; Price, Michael L.
The recent, widespread trend toward rural migration can create disturbances in the organization of the host community by overloading community services and by creating conflict between oldtimers and newcomers. To obtain information about community disturbances and migration in Michigan, questionnaires were sent to a random sample of 21,792 households; 13,296 of these (68%) resulted in usable responses. The questionnaires included 55 items which respondents rated as not a problem or as a slight, moderate, or serious problem in their community. Ordinary least squares regression techniques were used to examine the relationship between migration and specific indicators of community disturbance. Findings supported the hypothesis that inmigration has caused structural disturbances in Michigan's small towns and rural communities. Migration was strongly associated with perceived problems concerning education, social welfare programs, crime and public safety, and municipal services. Unexpectedly, the employment outlook was more favorable in high growth than in low growth areas. Rural planners and community leaders should be aware of the potential problems of the migration turnaround in order to benefit from the many positive aspects of community growth. (JH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.; Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Dept. of Sociology.
Identifiers: Impact Studies; Long Term Residents; Michigan
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (Burlington, Vermont, 24-26 August 1979); Contributes to Project #1062 of the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station