Psicologia: Teoria e Pesquisa
Print version ISSN 0102-3772
ALBUQUERQUE, Francisco José Batista de. Social psychology and rural life in Brazil. Psic.: Teor. e Pesq. [online]. 2002, vol.18, n.1, pp. 37-42. ISSN 0102-3772. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-37722002000100005.
Psychology is mainly concerned about the study of urban social phenoma. In Brazil, where about a quarter of its population lives in towns with less than 20.000 (twenty thousand) inhabitants, it would be important to include this dimension in the Brazilian psychological research. There are several reasons to do this such as the increasing importance of the industrial and the services sector in detriment of the agrarian economy. Another reason is to attract attention to the need of understanding the differences between the rural and the agrarian, and also to enlarge the scope of the studies that can be done.
Keywords : Social psychology; rural development; public policies.