This book is dedicated to the people of rural America whose struggle to make community meaningful provides important lessons. It includes the contributors' prescription for the 1990s that calls for a renewal of action, development, and leadership on the part of local citizens and civic leaders.
1. Introduction 2. Small Town Demographics: Current Patterns of Community Change 3. Rethinking Assumptions About Farm and Community 4. Timber-Dependent Communities 5. Rapid Growth Effects on Rural Community Relations 6. The Character and Prospects of Rural Community Health and Medical Care 7. Education and Community 8. Religion and Community 9. Crime and Community 10. Community Development 11. Community Leadership 12. Leadership and Implementation in Rural Economic Development 13. Community and Social Change: How Do Small Communities Act? 14. Barriers and Opportunities for Community Development: A Summary