A candid and perceptive study of rural America. Utilizing James West's classic earlier work Plainville U.S.A. as a convenient backdrop, Mr. Gallaher measures and evaluates the short-term processes of culture change in a modern rural community, and brings up to date the record of culture change in Plainville. Mr. Gallaher finds Plainville less isolated Its inhabitants now anticipate change (mechanization of agriculture) and have urban value commitments. The most significant change (or correction) he notes is that a hierarchy of social classes with appropriate divisions and labels no longer exists in the minds of the people of Plainville; people are now ranked along a status continuum. The author concludes his study with an analysis of the actual processes by which these changes have occurred. This book is indispensable to the student of sociology. Not for the general reader.