The Criterion of Farming Ability

Elvin Hatch

in Respectable Lives

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 1991 | ISBN: 9780520074729
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520911437 | DOI:
The Criterion of Farming Ability

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This chapter deals with the issue of farming ability. Farming ability was used in certain contexts to judge social honor. Most farmers display considerable concern about the way others regard their work. The conservative farmer believes that healthy, robust sheep are more profitable than smaller ones of lower quality. The conservative farmers contend that their progressive counterparts take extraordinary risks by maintaining such high stock numbers. Although the linked communities of Glassford, Midhurst, and South Downs are distinct reference groups, at a higher level they are also conjoined. A farm family draws its identity primarily from its standing in the home district; yet it can have a wider reputation and occupy a position in the broader status system of linked communities as well.

Keywords: farming ability; Glassford; Midhurst; South Downs; farm family

Chapter.  9191 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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