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Social Change in Natural Resource-Based Rural Communities: The Evolution of Sociological Research and Knowledge As Influenced by the Contributions of William R. Freudenburg. Richard S. Krannich, PhD Department of Sociology, Social Work & Anthropology Utah State University.
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Social Change in Natural Resource-Based Rural Communities:The Evolution of Sociological Research andKnowledge As Influenced by theContributions of William R. Freudenburg
Richard S. Krannich, PhD
Department of Sociology, Social Work & Anthropology
Utah State University
Five Key Areas of Contribution:
A call for assessments addressing “genuinely social” consequences of development such as community cohesion, social integration, and subjective quality-of-life dimensions
“Women and men in an energy boomtown: Adjustment, alienation and adaptation” (Rural Sociology, 1981)
“Boomtown’s youth: The differential impacts of rapid community growth on adolescents and adults” (American Sociological Review, 1984)
“The density of acquaintanceship: An overlooked variable in community research” (American Journal of Sociology, 1986)
“Addictive economies: Extractive industries and vulnerable localities in a changing world economy” (Rural Sociology, 1992)
“Opportunity-threat, development, and adaptation: Toward a comprehensive framework for social impact assessment” (Gramling and Freudenburg, Rural Sociology, 1992)
“… it should be clear that the cumulative impact of his work in this arena has been nothing short of remarkable. Over the course of his career he has played and continues to play a lead role in bringing the need for careful examination of such issues to the attention of both social scientists and policy makers. In addition, his contributions with respect to methodological direction, theoretical explanation, and empirical observation provide a solid foundation that has provided guidance to nearly all subsequent work addressing related issues. Indeed, one would be very hard-pressed to locate any work addressing issues pertaining to the social impacts of rapid growth and resource development or dealing more generally with the social implications of resource dependency published over the past 30 years that has not cited at least a portion of Freudenburg’s work.”