Community Development Society

"The Influences of Community Attachment, Sense of Community, and Educational Aspirations Upon the Migration Intentions of Rural Youth in Texas" (Theodori and Theodori 2015)

Abstract

Data drawn from the Rural Youth Community Survey were used to examine the associations of community attachment, sense of community, and educational aspirations of rural youth in Texas with their migration intentions. Multivariate logistic regression revealed that the three measures are independently and significantly associated with students’ intentions to migrate. Based upon these findings, several recommendations for community leaders hoping to retain youth in rural areas and/or encourage young people to return to their home communities after receiving post-secondary education or training are offered. Possible implications of these findings for community developers, public leaders, Cooperative Extension personnel, and other practitioners are addressed, as are suggestions for future research.

Link: "The Influences of Community Attachment, Sense of Community, and Educational Aspirations Upon the Migration Intentions of Rural Youth in Texas" (Theodori and Theodori 2015)


"Supporting Rural Entrepreneurship: A Review of Conceptual Developments from Research to Practice" (Fortunato 2014)

Abstract

Entrepreneurship development is increasingly seen as a promising alternative to traditional economic development, as it unlocks the potential of local citizens to create jobs and serve local tastes and markets. However, while much of the literature in entrepreneurship is dedicated to high-growth, high-tech development and its job-generating qualities, is this necessarily a good route for rural areas seeking to create jobs? Or, is rural entrepreneurship distinct from entrepreneurship as a discipline, presenting its own opportunities and challenges? This article presents a review of the literature on rural entrepreneurship, and argues that rural entrepreneurship is a distinct area of entrepreneurship research and practice, with alternative opportunities for local development that do not necessarily follow the mainstream literature.

Link: "Supporting Rural Entrepreneurship: A Review of Conceptual Developments from Research to Practice" (Fortunato 2014)


"Levels of Analysis and Conceptual Clarification in Community Attachment and Satisfaction Research: Connections to Community Development" (Theodori 2009)

Abstract

Two conceptual concerns in the community attachment and satisfaction literature are addressed here: (1) identification and utilization of a proper level of analysis, and (2) clarification of the meanings of community attachment and satisfaction. First, each conceptual issue is introduced and justification provided for the attention paid to these concerns. Next, theoretical, methodological, and measurement issues associated with these concerns are identified and discussed. Lastly, illustrations of how each issue relates to the practice of community development are provided, as are suggestions for future research.

Link: "Levels of Analysis and Conceptual Clarification in Community Attachment and Satisfaction Research: Connections to Community Development" (Theodori 2009)


"Constraints to the Development of Community" (Theodori 2008)

Abstract

Data collected in a general popultaion survey from a random sample of individuals in two communities located in west Texas are used to explore individual-level manifestations of structural constraints to collective action and their associated factors. Multivariate logisitc regression analyses reveal that twelve independent factors are statistically associated with one or more of five potentially common constraints cited by individuals as to who they they do not devote more time to helping solve community problems. Possible implications of findings for community theory and the pricatice of rural community development are advanced, as are suggestions for future research. The interactional field theoretical approach to social organization serves as the conceptual foundation for this investigation.

Link: "Constraints to the Development of Community" (Theodori 2008)


"Community Attachment, Satisfaction, and Action" (Theodori 2004)

Abstract

The effects of community attachment and satisfaction on community-level action were examined using data collected in a general population survey from  random sample of individuals in two rural communities in Texas. Substantial support was found for the hypothesis that attachment to the community is associated positively with community action. Bivariate and multivariate logisitic regression analyses reveal that higher levels of community attachment  result in increased levels of community action. Virtually no support, though, was found for the hypothesis that community satisfaction is negatively associated with community action. The multivariate findings also suggest that certain sociodemographic variables (i.e., education, marital status, race, and length of residence) are important predictors of community action. Possible implications of the findings are advanced, as are suggestions for future research.

Link: "Community Attachment, Satisfaction, and Action" (Theodori 2004)


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