Award Date

1-1-1990

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Sociology

First Committee Member

Donald E. Carns

Number of Pages

97

Abstract

This research project was designed to examine the effects changes in economic conditions--notably, changes which occurred during the recession of the early 1980s--have had on patterns of social interaction in rural, specifically mining-dependent communities. The study was conducted in two communities located in Northeastern Minnesota during the spring of 1990. Data were gathered via a mailed questionnaire, which was developed to assess patterns of social interaction before, during, and after the recession. The analysis showed both communities experienced an increase in orientation toward extracommunity systems over the three periods. Age was specified as a condition which affected changes in perception of problems within the community, behavioral attachment and psychological ties to the community. Examination of the qualitative data revealed that mining-dependent communities are undergoing a transition in patterns of social interaction--from being very traditional and Gemeinschaft-like, to realizing the need for purposive, rational strategies to redevelop community structures.

Keywords

Community; Economic; Effects; Minnesota; Recession

Controlled Subject

Sociology; Demography; Social structure

File Format

pdf

File Size

3584 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/sxek-8hnz


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