ERIC Number: ED190285
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Changing Rural Appalachian Community and Low-Income Family: Implications for Community Development.
Photiadis, John D.
Pressures on rural Appalachian families to function as an integral part of the larger American society have led to internal discord and a "Culture of Poverty"; consequently, a new vehicle for rural community reorganization is needed, particularly for low-income rural Appalachian communities. An alternative for non-conventional development should offer opportunities for attaining the goals of individual adjustment to society and long term satisfaction with life. Preceeding the initiation of a new system, the causes of current marginal adjustment of these families should be determined by Extension agents, and more efficient mechanisms of assistance offered for program implementation. Repeated personal interaction within initially non-conventional neighborhoods should constitute the basis for implementation. Resulting interaction within developing sub-communities should be initiated by a change agent, who would be responsible for providing opportunities for people to meet their educational, economic and social needs and who would encourage association within the larger community. A formal community organization could eventually be used as a vehicle for continuous attainment of economic and other objectives, be increasingly self-perpetuating, and be efficient and flexible enough to maintain equilibrium with the larger American society. (JD)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Change Strategies, Community Development, Cultural Awareness, Family (Sociological Unit), Leadership, Low Income Groups, Neighborhoods, Organizations (Groups), Poverty Areas, Regional Characteristics, Rural Development, Rural Environment, Rural Extension, Social Change, Social Mobility, Social Structure
Social and Economic Development--C.E. C.E., West Virginia University, Knapp Hall, Morgantown, WV 26505 (single copies, free, additional copies, $1.05 ea.).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: West Virginia Univ., Morgantown. Center for Extension and Continuing Education.