This work was supported by Grant #SES-922444 from the National Science Foundation and the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program. We thank Forrest A. Deseran, Michael D. Irwin, the editor, and anonymous reviewers for helpful comments. We also thank Prof. Raul Machiavelli, Department of Experimental Statistics, LSU College of Agriculture for statistical consultation. Please direct all correspondence to: John J. Beggs, Department of Sociology, 126 Stubbs Hall, Baton Rouge, LA, 70803 (INTERNET: SOBEGG@LSUVM.SNCC.LSU.EDU).
Community Attachment in a Rural Setting: A Refinement and Empirical Test of the Systemic Model1
Article first published online: 27 JAN 2010
1996 Rural Sociological Society
Volume 61, Issue 3, pages 407–426, September 1996
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Beggs, J. J., Hurlbert, J. S. and Haines, V. A. (1996), Community Attachment in a Rural Setting: A Refinement and Empirical Test of the Systemic Model. Rural Sociology, 61: 407–426. doi: 10.1111/j.1549-0831.1996.tb00626.x
- Issue published online: 27 JAN 2010
- Article first published online: 27 JAN 2010
Abstract As they examine the complex issues currently facing rural America, rural sociologists draw increasingly on studies of community attachment. Because this research tradition has established the superiority of the systemic model, recent studies in rural and urban settings have focused on the conceptualization and operationalization of its components. We introduce four operational refinements to this model, and we test our refined model with data from one geographic area in south-west Louisiana. We find that, although our operational refinements improve our understanding of community attachment, additional refinements are necessary. We conclude by exploring the implications of community attachment studies for attempts to revitalize community in rural settings.