Much of the cultural anthropological research on small-scale agriculture has occurred in the context of rural, non-Western societies, and much has been concerned with the important question of how such agricultural systems persist in the face of mass-industrialization. For example, Nettings seminal (1993) work on smallholder agriculture in Nigeria provided an important alternative perspective on how small producers were able to maintain a livelihood that articulated subsistence and market economy activities. The work of Mintz (1985) brought the study of agriculture in anthropology firmly into the globalized present, by tracing the complex interrelationships in the production, distribution and consumption of seemingly mundane commodities. More recently, anthropologists have begun to question the negative social and economic effects of industrial agriculture and the alternatives that have developed as a result. Delind (2006) has detailed how local food movements in the U.S. are intricately embedded in cultural conceptions of human and environmental wellbeing. This perspective is one of many in cultural anthropology that emphasizes the reshaping of agriculture according to cultural context (Phillips 2006).
|Effective start/end date||8/14/08 → 9/30/13|
- NSF-SBE: Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES): $752,249.00