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The Sociology of Agriculture (Hardback)

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Hardback 283 Pages / Published: 08/02/1990
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Published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rural Sociological Society, this monograph analyzes the nearly 90 years of rural sociological research on agriculture and provides a comprehensive overview of changing research focuses and theoretical approaches. As the authors note at the outset, there are a good number of continuities between early-20th-century rural sociology and what is now called the sociology of agriculture. There are also, they note, very substantial differences between contemporary sociology of agriculture scholarship and that which preceded it. Their aim throughout is to convey both continuities and discontinuities in theory, method, and approach. Intended primarily as a straightforward exposition of major scholarly themes, the volume is designed to be useful to readers from a variety of theoretical persuasions. The authors do, however, point to areas of weakness in theoretical or methodological approach that should be addressed in future research. The volume is organized around the three major eras of rural sociological conceptualizations of agriculture. The authors begin by examining the founding of U.S. rural sociology shortly after the turn of the century until the early 1950s, demonstrating that during this initial era the study of agriculture was largely construed as one of the many elements necessary for understanding the social fabric of rural community life. In the next section, they explore the social psychological/behaviorist tradition, which held sway from the early 1950s through the early 1970s and which conceptualized farmers as actors responding to stimuli such as new technologies and educational opportunities. The three chapters devoted to recent research in the emerging tradition of the new rural sociology address such topics as the political economy of agriculture, the environment of agriculture, and major theoretical trends in the sociology of agriculture. In their concluding chapter, the authors look toward the future of the sociology of agriculture and identify some potential problems as we move into the 1990s.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313264443
Number of pages: 283
Weight: 515 g
Dimensions: 230 x 141 x 27 mm


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"Written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rural Sociological Society, this book was authored by three eminent rural sociologists at Cornell University. It divides the history of research by rura sociologists on agriculture in the US into three eras. The first era 1900-1950s, begun with research by W.E.B. DuBois in 1897 on blac farmers in Virginia, is characterized by village-centered community studies. The second era, 1950s-early 1970s, was influenced by social psychological approaches emphasizing the role of individual decision making in the diffusion and adoption of agricultural innovations. The third era, the new sociology of agriculture, began in the mid-1970s with attention focused on the structure of agriculture. This section include such topics as gender and agriculture, industrial agriculture, the impact of agriculture on the environment, and the social structure of farms farm households, and farm labor. The book concludes with recommendations for future research. As an interpretive overview of the literature on the sociology of agriculture, this highly readable book is unique. Excellent and extensive bibliography as well as name and subject indexes College, university, and public libraries."-Choice
"Readers with little background will find the book an invaluable entry to the American literature on the sociology of agriculture and will be interested in the listing of gaps in current research. Those who are better informed often will be stimulated by the insightful integration of the research on particular topics and will find the book a valuable resource in graduate seminars."-Contemporary Sociology
?Readers with little background will find the book an invaluable entry to the American literature on the sociology of agriculture and will be interested in the listing of gaps in current research. Those who are better informed often will be stimulated by the insightful integration of the research on particular topics and will find the book a valuable resource in graduate seminars.?-Contemporary Sociology
?Written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rural Sociological Society, this book was authored by three eminent rural sociologists at Cornell University. It divides the history of research by rura sociologists on agriculture in the US into three eras. The first era 1900-1950s, begun with research by W.E.B. DuBois in 1897 on blac farmers in Virginia, is characterized by village-centered community studies. The second era, 1950s-early 1970s, was influenced by social psychological approaches emphasizing the role of individual decision making in the diffusion and adoption of agricultural innovations. The third era, the new sociology of agriculture, began in the mid-1970s with attention focused on the structure of agriculture. This section include such topics as gender and agriculture, industrial agriculture, the impact of agriculture on the environment, and the social structure of farms farm households, and farm labor. The book concludes with recommendations for future research. As an interpretive overview of the literature on the sociology of agriculture, this highly readable book is unique. Excellent and extensive bibliography as well as name and subject indexes College, university, and public libraries.?-Choice

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