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A conceptual framework for analysis of communication in rural social systems

Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Axinn, George H. (main author / Michigan State University, East Lansing)
Publication Date:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois Box: 145
Subject Term:
agricultural development, communication systems, communication theory, development, development communication, information flow, information systems, linkages, rural development
Paper presented at annual meeting of The Rural Sociological Society, Hotel Somerset, Boston, Mass., USA, Aug. 26, 1968, This paper describes a five-component system with ten major internal linkages which may be used as a model for studying information flow in any rural agricultural social system. The major components are production, supply, marketing, research and extension/education. In addition, definitions are offered of the crucial variables affecting efficiency and effectiveness of communication via the linkages. Audience, message, channel, treatment and impact are described. Based on the system model and the defined variables, simple mathematical formulas are given which illustrate the relationships in impact and efficiency, and which may be used in computer simulation of information flow, or in planning change, in any rural social system.