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In the Blood : Understanding America's Farm Families (Hardcover) (Robert Wuthnow)
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The author of this book is a social scientist, director of the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, and author of a number of books on rural communities and their beliefs. This book is the result of a study he led which conducted two hundred interviews with professional farmers and fifty interviews with people in related professions who serve mostly farmers, such as county extension agents and religious officials in farming communities. Corporate farms and hobby farmers who made their living in other professions were excluded. So were full-time farmers who are not part of traditional "farm families" in the US. Some readers may question whether the latter choice, which is unexplained, skews the study's demographics. The book presents the author's summaries of the informants' lives and perspectives, along with quotes and paraphrases from individual farmers. Farmers here represent the gamut of the profession, from midwestern corn and wheat operations to southern cotton and tobacco farmers to fruit and vegetable and dairy farms. Ranchers are also represented. It's all organized in subject-based chapters: families, neighbors, faith, independence, land, technology, and markets. The purpose of the study was to give scholars and the public access to information about farming from farmers, because the profession is so often misrepresented or misunderstood. The overall portrait is of a vital profession that is increasingly difficult for the people who are committed to it to do. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
The Description for this book, In the Blood: Understanding America`s Farm Families, will be forthcoming.
Number of Pages: 227
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Sociology / General, Sociology / Rural
Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr
Author: Robert Wuthnow
Street Date: September 1, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-8955
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