Rural Sociology: The Strategy of Change

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portance. The courtesy and friendly humor that had characterized the early schoolhouse meetings was no longer the order of the day. Education had indeed given place to exhortation and emotional appeal. But apparently the earlier program of the Citizens' League had had its effect. The results of the balloting showed an almost two to one victory for the county executive form. Members of the Citizens' League had reason to feel well repaid for their tireless expenditure of time and energy, and certainly they got their money's worth. The entire cost of the campaign was $86.54. Of the $145 contributed in small amounts by its friends, the league had on hand a balance of $58.46.

There remained the task of finding the county executive required by the new plan. The opposition had continually referred to him as "that wizard," or "that man of genius." [Words used in symbol manipulation, so common in the strategy of change on the part of the opponents of the new system.] He might be brought from Chicago, they pointed out, or any other place totally unfamiliar with the customs and folkways of Virginia. He was found actually in the office of the auditor and collector in Charlottesville--a native son of the county he was asked to serve. He is a modest man who makes not the slightest pretense to wizardy. But for ten years Mr. Henry Haden has filled the office of county executive most ably.


Selected References

Anderson William and Edward W. Weidner, State and Local Government in the United States. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1951.

Baker Gordon E., Rural Versus Urban Political Power. New York: Doubleday and Co., Inc., 1955.

Banfield Edward C., Government Project. Glencoe: The Free Press, 1951. Bureaucracy and Democratic Government, The Annals, Vol. 292 ( March, 1954).

Hardin Charles M., The Politics of Agriculture. Glencoe: The Free Press, 1952.

Lancaster Lane W., Government in Rural America. New York: D. Van Nostrand, Inc., 1937.

Loomis C. P., et al., Rural Social Systems and Adult Education. East Lansing: Michigan State College Press, 1953. See Chap. 12, "Rural Local Government and Politics and Adult Education" by Edward W. Weidner and Jack Preiss.

Tannenbaum Frank, "Personal Government in Mexico," Foreign Affairs, 27, No. 1 ( October, 1948). Reprinted in Olen E. Leonard and Charles P. Loomis , Readings in Latin American Social Organizations and Institutions. East Lansing: The Michigan State College Press, 1953.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page ii
  • Foreword v
  • Preface ix
  • Table of Contents xiii
  • 1 - Social Systems and Social Change 1
  • Selected References 21
  • 2 - Locality Systems 22
  • Selected References 57
  • 3 - Family and Kinship Systems 59
  • Selected References 101
  • 4 - Informal Social Systems 103
  • Selected References 136
  • 5 - Regional Social Systems 137
  • Selected References 165
  • 6 - Hierarchical Social Systems 167
  • Selected References 201
  • 7 - Religious Social Systems 202
  • Selected References 236
  • 8 - Educational Social Systems 237
  • Selected References 266
  • 9 - Governmental Social Systems 267
  • Selected References 294
  • 10 - Farmers' Organizations as Social Systems 295
  • Selected References 327
  • 11 - Social Systems in Health 329
  • Selected References 367
  • 12 - Federal Agency Systems 368
  • Selected References 401
  • 13 - Library and Mass Media Systems 403
  • Selected References 432
  • 14 - Direction and Strategy of Change 433
  • Selected References 466
  • Glossary 467
  • Index 471
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