What you will learn
In chapter one, we looked at the concepts of rural sociology, rurality its origin and therefore its importance. We also looked at rural sociology as a science. In this chapter we are going to look at some basic terms used in rural sociology and its historical development. This chapter will therefore help you understand some basic terms and concepts often used in the field of sociology. You will also discover in the course of your studies that many concepts and terms in the pure and applied sciences have slightly varying definitions depending upon who is defining or explaining them. Rural sociology therefore takes place under different environments or areas. Thus, we shall provide to you a various definitions so that you can be able to choose any that you wish to apply depending on the context .