ERIC Number: ED106007
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
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Comparative Studies of Community Growth. Rural Sociological Society Monograph No. 2.
Young, Frank W.; Young, Ruth C.
Studies pertaining to community growth have dealt with the community's territorial expansion, economy, government's functions, and institutions. Since researchers usually use the dimension that they have been taught (economists use economic measures, and social scientists use sociological measures), two problems have resulted: (1) How should community growth be defined? (2) Under what conditions does it occur? This book explains the rationale for the various shifts and critically reviews the empirical research which has been completed. Two competing frames of reference are analyzed: (1) Macrodiffusion and (2) Central Place Theory. A codification of the conceptual frameworks and an overview of the principal methodological problems encountered are included. Also discussed are: the theoretical starting points, research techniques, characteristics of the basic dimensions, hypothesis testing, community structure and municipal differentiation, consequences of differentiation, centrality, solidarity, and measurement and prediction of community growth. (NQ)
Descriptors: Centralization, Codification, Community Development, Community Study, Comparative Analysis, Hypothesis Testing, Industrialization, Population Growth, Power Structure, Predictive Measurement, Research Methodology, Theories
Rural Sociology Monographs, WVU Book Store, Morgantown, West Virginia 26506 ($3.95)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: West Virginia Univ., Morgantown.
Identifiers - Location: Puerto Rico