Dimensions of a Complex Concept: A Method Exemplified

Human Organization Vol/Iss. 21(3) Society for Applied Anthropology Published In Pages: 214-218
By Hickman, John M.


The present study examines the validity of Robert Redfield's one-dimensional "folk-urban continuum" in a sample of 70 pre-industrial societies. As hypothesized, a factor analysis revealed that there is more than a single overriding factor about the "folk-urban continuum." These variables include kinship organization, size-complexity, and relative isolation. The author also contends there is an inverse relationship between relative isolation and size-complexity.

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