The Role of Religion in Shaping the Rural Context: A Study of a Small, Rural Community in Pennsylvania

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Ritchey (adult education, Pennsylvania State U.) explores the role of religion as a factor underlying decisions to engage in community- building activities by adult residents of Clappertown, a small, rural community in south-central Pennsylvania. He uses interviews, observation, and artifact analysis to illuminate the social webs, contextual elements, and local structures of social control within which rural residents alter the dynamics of the communities. He emphasizes the role religion and religious belief play in that process. The text is double spaced. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Past Research 15
Sociology Of Religion 15
Rural Sociology Of Religion 24
Adult Education In The Rural Context 26
A Critique Of The Literature In Adult Religious Education 32
Critical Ethnography 47
Elements Of Critical Ethnography 48
Organizing The Fieldwork 54
Data Interpretation And Analysis 60
Final Write-Up 63
Preliminary Exploration 65
The Lay Of The Land 65
Piney Creek And Morrisons Cove 67
Stone, Water, Fire 68
Closing Up Shop 69
Fall 1999, Clappertown, PA 70
The Church In Clappertown 73
Conversations 75
Ruralness In Clappertown 76
Community In Clappertown 78
Community-Building 79
Locally-Derived Definitions 80
The Unsettling Of Clappertown 82
Conclusion: Preliminary Exploration 85
Primary Record 87
The Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Clappertown, PA 89
Community-Building In Clappertown 92
Conversations On Faith And Rural Community 101
Where Might We See This "Faith" At Work? 102
Faith At Work - A Summary 126
Interpretations and Suggestions 131
Interpretations 132
Critique Revisited 135
Suggestions 136
Winter 2000, Clappertown, Pennsylvania 139
References 141
Index 169
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