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Socially Disorganized Rural Communities
Crime, Media, Culture (2006)
  • Kenneth D. Tunnell, Eastern Kentucky University

The article talks about the social disorganization of rural communities in the U.S. It is stated that family farming has been on the decline for decades, with the numbers of farmers dropping by 16 million since 1950 and farms decreasing by over 4 million during the past century. It is inferred that a part of a community's history and way of life are being forfeited when local business are closing. According to the author, the theory of social disorganization emphasizes social integration and stability as necessary conditions for community. It offers some of the disadvantages of disorganized communities, such as the lack of collective efficacy.

  • SOCIAL disorganization,
  • RURAL geography,
  • FAMILY farms,
  • FARMERS United States,
  • FARMS,
  • CONDUCT of life,
  • BUSINESS failures,
  • SOCIAL integration,
  • SOCIAL stability
Publication Date
December, 2006
Citation Information
Kenneth D. Tunnell. "Socially Disorganized Rural Communities" Crime, Media, Culture Vol. 2 Iss. 3 (2006)
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