This collection of six concise papers, all originally published by Latin American journals in Spanish, gives a brief but adequate picture of rural life which is comprehensible to the elementary student and yet provides thought-provoking insights to the expert. The stress is on broad rural problems throughout Latin America, considering both existing conditions and possible future developments. Pertinent examples illustrate the points presented. The author, a well-known sociologist, concludes that many rural peoples are being integrated into metropolitan communities, while others remain in rural or urban communities. “In the more remote and isolated sections of the country the neighborhood may actually continue to be the fundamental locality grouping.”

A small but stimulating book!