Social Class in the Countryside

Date:         Tue, 14 Dec 1993 09:16:41 -0600                                   
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From:         "Jim Oberly, History Dept.,                                       
              U of Wisc-Eau Claire" <JOBERLY@CNSVAX.UWEC.EDU>                   
Subject:      More on class in the countryside                                  

[From: IN%"fink%pollux.math.iastate.edu@UICVM.UIC.EDU" 14-DEC-1993 09:14:34.66 [To: IN%"h-rural@uicvm.uic.edu"

H-rural comrades- Luis Figueroa just asked me a good--embarrasssing question, and I would like to pass it along: There is an article, Sidney Mintz, "The Rural Proletariat and the Problem of Rural Proletarian Consciousness," Journal of Peasant Studies(1974), v.l, pp. 291-326 that lays out questions of class in the context of the Caribbean area where he works. I find it very useful for what I am doing with packinghouse workers in the US in the rural midwest. Figueroa's question is, What would be a comparable article(s) in terms of its significance, for the study of agricultural laborers/rural proletarians in your own area of interest?

Does anyone know of comparable articles? There is Pat Mooney's good work delineating class differences within the farming population, and David Griffith, "Jones's Minimal" looking at low wage labor. Is there an article that builds theory from the way wage laborers and farmers live together and sometimes overlap in the same communities? Has anyone studied proletarian consciousness in the rural US--outside of California?

Deborah Fink fink@pollux.math.iastate.edu



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From:         "Jim Oberly, History Dept.,                                       
              U of Wisc-Eau Claire" <JOBERLY@CNSVAX.UWEC.EDU>                   
Subject:      Re: More on class in the countryside                              

[From: IN%"JHANN00%ukcc.uky.edu@UICVM.UIC.EDU" "John Hannum" 14-DEC-1993 09:56:10.63 [To: IN%"@MTCP-DAEMON:H-RURAL@UICVM.uwec.edu" "Multiple recipients of list H-RURAL" [Subj: RE: More on class in the countryside

In response to Deborah Fink's query. First, I've forwarded it to Pat Mooney up on the 15th floor -- I'm certain he'll have something to add. Secondly, you should look at the other half of the Mooney/Mann/Dickinson debate (don't have citations handy). Green Gold, Bill Heffernan's look at the lettuce industry details (though California based) some of the same issues. Gary Green (now at Wisconsin) has done some useful stuff on tobacco production. Linda Lobao's 1991 book on spatial inequalities is a useful source. Lou Swanson and Jerry Skees here at Kentucky have several chapters and an edited volume out that might be very useful (I think they are). Milt Coughenour and I have done some similar work, but from a more organizational ecology perspective, on the persistence of petty commodity production. I could go on and on, but these are some good beginnings: oh, yes: Carolyn Sachs work is always interesting.


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