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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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Husband, Wife, and Farm Management

Husband, Wife, and Farm Management

(p.119) Five Husband, Wife, and Farm Management
Prairie Patrimony

Sonya Salamon

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter illustrates how land is so important that its handling may serve as a metaphor for those aspects of the family system—for example, the gender hierarchy—that are shaped by culture. Yeoman and entrepreneur couples share a similar gender ranking of men over women, structurally resembling farm families in the past, that does not, however, translate into conjugal farming teams organized identically. The conjugal role structure that ethnic groups share derives from beliefs about farming and gender roles, including marriage based on a love choice, the division of labor on family farms, and the structure of community institutions. The husband and wife dyad is premised on exclusiveness and sexuality, with males as providers according to American kinship beliefs.

Keywords:   family system, gender hierarchy, culture, entrepreneur couples, farm families, farming teams

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