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Farm Background and Urban Participation

Basil G. Zimmer
American Journal of Sociology
Vol. 61, No. 5 (Mar., 1956), pp. 470-475
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2773491
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Farm Background and Urban Participation
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Abstract

City population are made up in large part of both urban and farm migrants. Migration itself appears to limit participation in the urban setting, but type of previous community experience is a more significant determinant. Migrants as a group have a lower level of participation than natives, but on this point urban migrants are more similar to the natives than to the farm migrants. High status tends to transcend the limiting influence of farm background. Any increase in amount of farm experience is closely related to a decrease in level of participation in the urban community.

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