Family Farming

  • Sarah Whatmore


In combining family property ownership and family labour in commercial agricultural production, family farming represents a distinctive form of production in relation to the dominant features of modern industry, both in terms of the labour process and of the organisation of capital. In consequence it has attracted considerable research attention as ‘a challenge to theory’ (Friedmann, 1981, p. 10) because its persistence is hard to reconcile with prevalent theories of the process of capitalist development whose principal referents lie in the structures and dynamics of urban industrial capitalism (Buttel, 1982).


Labour Process Family Farm Family Ownership Family Labour Farming Woman 
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© Sarah Whatmore 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah Whatmore
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  1. 1.University of BristolUK

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