Title

Past Activeness, Solidarity, and Local Development Efforts 1

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Rural Sociology

Publication Date

1994

Date Added

2022-06-03

Abstract

Actions by local groups and leaders constitute an essential but poorly understood element of many rural development strategies. Previous studies suggest that local development efforts can influence community change, but questions remain about why localities differ in mobilization to achieve development goals. Drawing upon community field theory and human ecology, this study uses data for rural school districts in Pennsylvania to examine the argument that activeness in the past and development of solidarity can contribute to a higher probability of local mobilization than would be predicted by ecological characteristics alone. Hierarchical regressions support this argument for some local actions, while canonical correlations show a generalized pattern strongly associated with past activeness and solidarity.

Disciplines

Public Health

Publisher

Wiley Online Library

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