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Using Dodge County, Georgia, as a case study, Peggy Barlett reveals consumerism, individualism, and short-term decision making as the greatest threats to the family farm.

"This book is of value not only to students of agriculture and rural sociology but also to city dwellers attempting to understand the lure and frustration of family farming."—Choice

"An excellent, well-written study that substantially expands our understanding of connections between the micro level of households and the macro level of cultural trends."—American Journal of Sociology

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This study of family farms in Dodge County, Georgia, examines the social and economic factors that determine success in farming today. Bartlett, a professor of anthropology at Emory University, presents an agrarian history of Dodge County and its changes and transformations from frontier times to the present. The key period of her study is the boom-and-bust decade of the 1980s when the nation was in the grip of a farm crisis. Using data derived from interviews and personal observations of 124 small and medium-scale farm families, Bartlett describes in detail the coping strategies and management approaches of those who were determined to stay in farming and those who left. She explores family histories, personal aspirations, and attitudes about farming as a livelihood. Her interviews with farm women reveal a variety of role definitions and spousal relationships that enable farm families to remain intact. The aftermath of the crisis and its impacts on farm size, resource conservation, and management style offer insights for family farm survival in other communities. Recommended for agricultural economics and rural sociology collections.-- Irwin Weintraub, Rutgers Univ. Libs., Piscataway, N.J.
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Through a long-term (1982-1989) study of 156 farm families in Dodge County, Georgia, Barlett takes the measure of the damage from a decade of crisis, and provides a critical look at trends in American farming, their impact on rural community vitality, and the effects of federal farm legislation. Paper edition (unseen), $18.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807843994
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1993
  • Series: Studies in Rural Culture
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Lexile: 1530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 The Origins of Dodge County Farm Culture in the Wiregrass Frontier 22
2 Postwar Agricultural Transformation and the Rise of the Family Farm 49
3 The Clash of Agrarian and Industrial Values and the Part-Time Farm Solution 78
4 Large and Medium Scale Farms: Privilege, Skill, and Survival 98
5 Management Styles and Consumption Standards: Dimensions of Success 120
6 Inside the Farm Family: Transformations in Women's Marital Roles 139
7 Boom, Bust, and Insolvency: The Farm Crisis and Its Impact on Farm Families 168
8 The Determinants of Farm Survival 192
9 The Aftermath of the Crisis: Structural Change, Sustainability, and the Meaning of Farm Loss 212
Conclusion 234
Appendix One Measures of Variables 255
Appendix Two Statistical Analysis of Farm Survival 261
Notes 267
Bibliography 283
Index 297
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