By David Francis, Paul Henderson

'a host of eminently good sensible suggestions...the energy of this ebook is either that it explores with a few rigour the that means of 'rural', of 'community' and of 'development' and that it has basically in view the sensible wishes of the lone, green box worker...' group improvement magazine Vol. 28 No. 2, 1993P '...deserves to develop into a necessary reference ebook for all people with an curiosity in rural group paintings' Adage Pural groups are dealing with expanding and contrasting difficulties, with excessive degrees of unemployment or clash coming up from suburbanisation and the coming of beginners. This publication presents a strategic framework for facing those matters, with an innovatory version for making plans and training rural neighborhood paintings. it's correct to paintings in all kinds of parts and for a variety of businesses, selecting key administration and comparing projects. vital connections are made among current wisdom and workers personal reviews. Concluding with a evaluate of guidelines this can be a useful advisor for rural group paintings scholars and pros.

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The community worker is thus faced with a complexity of needs, relationships, contrasting abilities, attitudes and activities. In urban areas, neighbourhoods may be relatively homogeneous in their composition, such that the community worker knows that by working in a particular locality s/he is working with disadvantaged people. However, it is dangerous to make such assumptions in rural areas. A group which is active in the rural community, such as 32 Working with Rural Communities a parish/community council or women's institute, may be a democratic and progressive agent of change, or a repressive and conservative defender of existing patterns of inequality.

The point is that, when we talk about rural communities, we are referring to complex and changing social systems. There are differences throughout the United Kingdom, but there are also very marked differences between communities nearby and also between people within each community. The complexity of all this means that almost every generalisation is open to challenge, but at the same time we can find areas of similarity in otherwise apparently contrasting situations. Every rural community is unique, and community workers must be sensitive to its individuality, but there are general lessons which workers should take account of, and use to inform the way in which they carry out their work.

During the nineteenth century, particularly in the arable farming areas, where much hired labour was required, the rural community was largely a working-class community, with most of the farming employers living outside the village. The working class were linked in what Howard Newby has described as an 'occupational community': It was sustained by the isolation of the rural village, by the strong kinship links between the village inhabitants and by the need for co-operation in times of family crises.

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