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Studies In The Transformation Of U.s. Agriculture

1st Edition

By A. Eugene Havens, Gregory Hooks, Patrick H Mooney, Max Pfeffer


319 pages

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In recent years, the consensual view of rural society has been challenged by theorists identifying the conflict, exploitation, and power relations in rural society. Beyond this theoretical challenge, empirical studies of the sociology of agriculture have provided a fresh understanding of the dynamics of U.S. agriculture. This book contributes to the growing literature by providing a historical perspective. The contributors explore historical developments in U.S. agriculture within the context of the larger political economy. The book opens with a review of the similarities and differences between the critical rural sociology of today with that of the 1930s and moves on to a study of the accumulation process in U.S. agriculture. Other issues covered include the erosion of the southern class structure during and after the 1930s, the landed aristocracy's reassertion in the post-bellum south, changes in the class structure and locus of agriculture in the midwest, and historical developments in the labor process and in capitalist agriculture in California. The concluding chapter provides a framework for studying both the origins and the consequences of state agriculture policies.

Table of Contents

1 Critical Rural Sociology of Yesterday and Today, 2 Capitalist Development in the United States: State, Accumulation, and Agricultural Production Systems, 3 The Underdevelopment of the South: State and Agriculture, 1865-1900, 4 Farmers' Movements and the Changing Structure of Agriculture, 5 Local State Structure and the Transformation of Southern Agriculture, 6 New Deal Farm Policy and Oklahoma Populism, <I>7 </I>Class Relations and Class Structure in the Midwest, 8 Immigration Policy and Class Relations in California Agriculture, 9 Agriculture and the State: An Analytical Approach

About the Authors

Until his death on June 28, 1984, A. Eugene Havens was professor and chairman of the Department of Rural Sociology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He served as director of the Center for Developing Nations Program from 1968 to 1970 and was a consultant to the Ford Foundation on agriculture and rural development in Latin America from 1975 to 1979. He also consulted with CIERA in Nicaragua on many aspects of post-revolutionary agricultural adjustment and planning. Gregory Hooks is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Indiana, Patrick H. Mooney is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Kentucky, and Max J. Pfeffer is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology /Rural Sociology at the University of Wisconsin.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General