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Prairie PatrimonyFamily, Farming, and Community in the Midwest$
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Sonya Salamon

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780807845530

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469611181_Salamon

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A Typology of Family Farming Patterns

A Typology of Family Farming Patterns

(p.91) Four A Typology of Family Farming Patterns
Prairie Patrimony

Sonya Salamon

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter emphasizes the importance of land in farming. Land is of such importance within an agrarian social system that whoever owns it has power over family and community members, especially those who want to farm. Control of land is the measure of status within the farm family and of family status in the community. In every generation, as owners age and prepare to die, they must plan or carry out the ritual transfer of their land. As land control moves through families via intergenerational transfers, or through communities via the land market, the transmission is a vehicle for re-creating and reenacting the cultural system. Land control is therefore a particularly powerful analytic window on the organization of an agrarian cultural system.

Keywords:   land, agrarian social system, land control, family status, intergenerational transfers, cultural system

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