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PHOTIADIS AND JOSEPH J. SIMONI RURAL SOCIAL ORGANIZA TION Rural Communities A rural community, in simple terms, is defined as the area where people meet most of their social and economic needs. , an automobile service station or a milk station, and in some cases a small manufacturing concern. The large majority of these small trade centers have declined and are now identified as neighborhoods; larger trade centers have now become the centers of the community. A rural community may be also defined as the geographie area with which most of the community members identify.

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