Unrewarding Wealth: The Commercialization and Collapse of Agriculture in a Spanish Basque Town

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This work contains a history of farming in a Spanish Basque town where the farmers changed their subsistence farms into highly profitable commercial enterprises in response to demand created by tourism and industrialisation. In the period of highest profits however, the young Basques began to abandon their farms and turned to factory work at a much lower standard of living. The institutional problems within both the farm families and the local municipality are described along with the Basque ideas about the ...

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Overview

This work contains a history of farming in a Spanish Basque town where the farmers changed their subsistence farms into highly profitable commercial enterprises in response to demand created by tourism and industrialisation. In the period of highest profits however, the young Basques began to abandon their farms and turned to factory work at a much lower standard of living. The institutional problems within both the farm families and the local municipality are described along with the Basque ideas about the dignity of work to help explain why such successful maximisers of economic gain should ultimately reject economic rewards in favour of other values. Davyyd Greenwood carefully examines the relationships between workers of economic gain and the institutional and cultural aspects of human behaviour. In particular he argues that human behaviour is a complex mix of motivations and that our methods must reflect this complexity.

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'I think that many, if not most, anthropological readers of this book will tend to see Greenwood's study as a tour de force and as demonstrating convincingly his thesis that profits are not the only things that motivate man.' Harold Schneider, Indiana University
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  • ISBN-13: 9780521107075
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/2/2009
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The problem and the methods; 2. The agrarian history of Fuenterrabia form 1920 to 1969: the formal-aggregate view, Part I; 3. The agrarian history of Fuenterrabia from 1920-1969: the formal-aggregate view, Part II; 4. The agrarian history of Fuenterrabia from 1920 to 1969: the substantive-aggregate view; 5. Six case histories of farming; 6. Conclusions; Epilogue; Notes; References; Appendices; Index.

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