Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

Award Date

1976

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Sociology and Rural Studies

First Advisor

Robert T. Wagner

Abstract

A study of the voluntary service organizations in Fall River and Meade counties of South Dakota was conducted during 1975 to determine: 1. The various voluntary associations in Fall River and Meade counties and their functions. 2. The leaders of the various voluntary associations in these two counties, their socioeconomic characteristics, and their attractedness to these organizations. 3. Whether those leaders who are characterized as either instrumental or expressive members have joined voluntary associations because of the association's perceived instrumental or expressive orientation, or because of some other not so apparent reasons. The respective leader of the voluntary associations is the unit of analysis. Selected data were collected by a team of interviewers using a schedule composed for the purpose. The extent of participation in voluntary associations by the leaders and attitudes towards collective involvement were identified and classified as either very high, high, moderate, or low. Analysis of extent of participation in voluntary service organizations in Fall River and Meade counties showed: 1. There is a high degree of commitment and involvement in voluntary associations in the counties specified. 2. Participation and attractedness among leaders of these organizations is highest among those more highly educated males possessing an instrumental orientation towards collective involvement, who participate very actively in many community organizations, and who perceive a proportionate level of rewards for the amount of effort exacted by the organization.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Volunteer workers in social service
Community leadership
Associations, institutions, etc -- South Dakota -- Fall River County
Associations, institutions, etc -- South Dakota -- Meade County

Format

application/pdf

Publisher

South Dakota State University

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