chapter  5
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Village Leadership

COUNTRY people are generally presumed to possess a strong sense of community and a marked feeling of be-longing to their village or county. This may have been generally true a century ago but a number of factors have tended to modify the strength and direction of these sentiments. Migration and greater mobility have had much to do with this by removing from the village many persons who could have taken over the leadership in local affairs. In most villages the inhabitants still feel separate or different from those in the next village or the next county but, not infrequently, in more remote places a sense of being 'agin' all outsiders has replaced the old feeling of mutual responsibility. The presence or absence of good, bad or indifferent local leaders largely determines the local attitude.