ERIC Number: ED249005
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-1
Reference Count: 0
An Assessment of Government Efforts to Preserve Rurality.
England, J. Lynn; Wagstaff, Fred J.
A 1983 case study of four rural Utah communities assesses the early phases of a United States Forestry Service rangeland project which has as one of its goals a systematic intervention to arrest the decline of rurality and reinforce it in communities impacted by construction of a nearby major electrical power plant. With 1980 populations that ranged from 113 to 389, organizational and community structure of the four is very simple. No community leadership is oriented to rapid, large scale change. The evidence clearly indicates that each community exemplifies most aspects of rurality. The value system, interpersonal relations, and community social structure are extremely close to the idealized description of rurality. Although there are some variations in the degree to which the communities have accepted the project, the rangeland rehabilitation project is indeed acting as a reinforcer of the existing rurality. The first part of the report examines the theoretical basis of the argument for the decline of rurality, as well as arguments that it does not occur. The second part discusses a rationale for efforts to arrest decline. The third part focuses on the project's efforts to arrest decline in the four communities. (BRR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cultural Preservation; Forest Service; Impact; Resistance to Change; Utah
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (47th, College Station, TX, August 22-25, 1984).