Agriculture and the Generation Problem

Ben White

Fernwood Publishing

Agriculture and the Generation Problem

Pub Date: March 2020

ISBN: 9781773631677

155 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $19.00

Agriculture and the Generation Problem

Ben White

Fernwood Publishing

This book aims to explore the role of generational relations in the reproduction of agrarian communities in their confrontation with emerging capitalist relations.
Generational dimensions are obviously important in the social reproduction of agrarian communities, and deserving the attention of all those interested in agricultural futures, but they have been relatively neglected compared to class and gender. With some exceptions, especially in Africa (Sumberg et al., 2012) researchers and activists have given little attention to intergenerational differences and tensions in rural people’s engagement with smallholder farming, and with expanding corporate agribusiness.
Generation and gender in agrarian change • Growing up rural: childhood and youth in agrarian societies • Generational dimensions of agrarian transformations • The inter-generational transfer of agrarian resources • Who wants to be a farmer? Agriculture and the next generation • Glossary • References

About the Author

Ben White is Professor Emeritus of Rural Sociology at the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. From 1997-2006 he was also Professor Extraordinary in Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam.