ERIC Number: ED213567
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Social Disruption and Rapid Community Growth: An Explication of the "Boom-Town" Hypotheses.
Thompson, James G.; And Others
Recent case studies of social effects of rapid community growth associated with energy development in the western states have relied primarily on qualitative data with limited use of agency records, population surveys, and other secondary sources. While providing the first essential step in the orderly development of a scientific approach to research in this area, these studies are ripe with substantive suggestions of issues and topics needing precise conceptualization and careful analysis. The need for developing precise conceptual and analytic approaches is highlighted not only by demands of scientific methodology but by the highly controversial nature of the phenomenon to be investigated. Many studies have concluded that rapid population growth and economic increase ("boom-town" development) have resulted in dramatic increases in personal and social disorganization in the communities. While it is apparent that rapid changes in employment and population size are happening in communities where energy development is occurring, it is far from clear that these changes are producing a dislocation in operation of moral norms. One line of research to explaining changes associated with boom towns is indicated by the suggestion that previous community conditions and characteristics of the growth itself might influence these changes. (BRR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Anomie Theory; Boomtowns; Disruption; Energy Development
Note: Paper proposed for the Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (Ithaca, NY, August 1980).