Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2014

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Stephen G. Sapp

Abstract

To what extent does a focus upon local news affect residents' expressed attachment to their community? Albeit relatively unexplored in previous research, an examination of this effect might significantly improve social science understanding of attachment, a key element of community quality of life. This research examined the effect of a focus upon local news on community attachment using a conceptual model informed by three sociological approaches: linear-development, systemic model, and social capital. The model was evaluated by the extent to which it fit data gathered from a social survey of 860 adults living in rural areas within 10-selected states. The results indicate that a focus upon local news has a strong direct effect on community attachment. Implications are discussed with respect to how community attachment might be improved by fostering a greater focus upon local news.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-3704

Copyright Owner

Sela Rose Harcey

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

82 pages

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Sociology Commons

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