Opening Windows onto Hidden Lives: Women, Country Life, and Early Rural Sociological Research

Opening Windows onto Hidden Lives: Women, Country Life, and Early Rural Sociological Research

by Julie N. Zimmerman
ISBN-10:
0271037296
ISBN-13:
9780271037295
Pub. Date:
05/31/2011
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
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Overview

Opening Windows onto Hidden Lives: Women, Country Life, and Early Rural Sociological Research

Building on their analysis in Sociology in Government (Penn State, 2003), Julie Zimmerman and Olaf Larson again join forces across the generations to explore the unexpected inclusion of rural and farm women in the research conducted by the USDA’s Division of Farm Population and Rural Life. Existing from 1919 to 1953, the Division was the first, and for a time the only, unit of the federal government devoted to sociological research. The authors explore how these early rural sociologists found the conceptual space to include women in their analyses of farm living, rural community social organization, and the agricultural labor force.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780271037295
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication date: 05/31/2011
Series: Rural Studies
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by Jess Gilbert, Past President, Rural Sociological Society

Preface

Acknowledgments

Part 1: Hidden Windows, Hidden Lives

1. Opening Hidden Windows

2. “Agriculture Is Not the Whole of Country Life”

3. Women and Rural Society

4. Finding Women in the Division’s Research

5. The Test of Time

Part 2: Selected Bibliography

Citations from Sociology in Government: The Galpin-Taylor Years in the the Work of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1919–1953

Part 3: Reprints of Selected Publications

1. Woman’s Work on the Farm (1917)

2. The Woman on the Farm (1914)

3. Recommendations of the Committee (1919)

4. Farm Life Studies and Their Relation to Home Economics Work (1920)

Charles J. Galpin

5. The Advantages of Farm Life: A Study by Correspondence and Interviews with Eight Thousand Farm Women: Digest of an Unpublished Report (1924)

Emily Hoag Sawtelle

References

Index

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