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ERIC Number: ED072896
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Aug-24
Pages: 30
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Definitions and Strategies of Rural Development: A Search for Coherence and Congruity.
Bertrand, Alvin L.
The basic issues covered in this paper are (1) the determination of whether there is a clear rationale for a sociology of development and (2) a determination of the divergent strategies for the implementation of development programs which have advantages that transcend the preservation of certain philosophical orientations and political ideologies. The sociology of development is defined as a subfield of sociology which is devoted to a study of the theory, design, and implementation of action programs which are proposed for the purpose of deliberately and fundamentally altering social structures in the interest of achieving more efficient forms of social organization, as judged on the basis of values and goals considered worthy. The divergent strategies of rural development are described in terms of the self-help approach and the centralized planning approach. It is noted that development sociology offers an opportunity for sociology in general to become free of its provincialism and that a coherent sociology of development represents a new era of applied sociology. A 49-item bibliography is included. (PS)
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Note: Address delivered at Third World Congress for Rural Sociology Plenary Session No. 6, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, August 24, 1972