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ERIC Number: ED032962
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Aug
Pages: 16
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Rural Urban Differences Reflected in Outdoor Recreation Participation.
Hendee, John C.
In an effort to facilitate recreation studies concerned with the rural-urban variable, this paper presents a summary of theories which might explain rural-urban differences, if any, in outdoor recreation participation. The summary of theories are organized into rural-urban recreation differences based on the influence of (1) size and density of population on man's behavior, and (2) culture on man's actions. The discussion presents the "opportunity theory" which implies that availability of opportunities is the important criterion. Cultural differences are discussed in relation to man's perspective towards the natural environment. Inherent life styles and values also explain some differences. However, all of the theories are cast in general, ambiguous terms which are untestable when conducting a study. Residence on the basis of population density, data on origin of upbringing, controlled variables and population samples, not just samples of recreationists, must be clearly defined when conducting a recreation study. (CM)
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Note: Paper presented at annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (San Francisco, California, August, 1969).