Introduction: Why agrarianism matters-even to urbanites


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It would seem, given the massive and unprecedented migration of farmers to urban centers, that a book on agrarianism is out of step with the times. After all, once independent farms are being consolidated into a few corporate conglomerates run by efficiency-minded, bottom-line agribusiness professionals. Driving through the American heartland shows that farming communities have become ghost towns, and consulting the Census Bureau demonstrates that farmers themselves have become a statistically irrelevant group. Picturesque farmyards, with their red barns and free-ranging chickens and geese, though having considerable storybook and advertising/marketing value, are in fact little more than quaint relics of a bygone era. Indeed, many would argue that former farmers are much better off working in cities, freed of the supposed drudgery and mindnumbing work of the farm and presumably able to depend on a steady wage, regular vacation days, and a secure pension. Overall, the mass movement from country to city represents a net gain. Copyright © 2003 by The University Press of Kentucky.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wirzba, N

Published Date

  • December 1, 2003

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 20

International Standard Book Number 10 (ISBN-10)

  • 0813122856

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780813122854

Citation Source

  • Scopus