Rural Appalachians in Kentucky call it "The Kentucky Way"-making a living by doing many kinds of paid and unpaid work and sharing their resources within extended family networks. In fact, these strategies are practiced by rural people in many parts of the world, but they have not been studied extensively in the United States. In The Livelihood of Kin, Rhoda Halperin undertakes a detailed exploration of this complex, family-oriented economy, showing how it promotes economic well-being and a sense of identity for the people who follow it.
For those who hated him, and those who will read anything about him, the sordid, sensationalist truth that behind the public image was a drug addict, wife beater, cut-throat competitor, and insecure little boy. the world, refers to making a living by doing many kinds of paid and unpaid work and sharing resources within extended family networks. Halperin (anthropology and psychiatry, U. of Cincinnati) employs actual life and work histories to explore this family-centered economy, showing how it promotes both economic well-being and a sense of identity. Paper edition (74670-9), $10.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Rhoda H. Halperin (1946–2009) was Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Montclair State from 2004–2009. She was also Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology, at the University of Cincinnati.