Prior Socialization and Co-operative Farming

  • Henry Cooperstock


Just after World War II, a small number of co-operative farms were established in Saskatchewan, Canada, in a social context which favours the individual family farm. While some of the men who organized these group farms had had some experience with limited forms of cooperative activity, most had been reared on family farms, and few could anticipate the difficult adjustments that would be required of them.


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