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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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Social Networks: The Links to Community

Social Networks: The Links to Community

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(p.180) Eight Social Networks: The Links to Community
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Prairie Patrimony
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Sonya Salamon

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9780807845530.003.0009

This chapter illustrates how family members interact with members of other households via networks based on bonds of kinship, friendship, religion, and service or political activities. Network links are the connectors where family members intersect with the community. Neighboring has long been cited as one of the hallmarks of rural society; that networks deliver social and emotional support is assumed for farm families. Neighboring, however, is filtered through a network that also serves families as a mechanism for attaining farming goals. Networks thus are instrumental as well as socially supportive, and families must actively cultivate and nurture the relationships. Yeomen and entrepreneurs construct different sorts of networks, and therefore their social lives take distinctive forms.

Keywords:   family members, networks, kinship, political activities, neighboring, rural society

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