This book provides a detailed and comprehensive introduction to the concepts and methods of the sociology of farming.

The sociology of farming focuses on co-production: the ongoing interaction and mutual transformation of the natural and the social (of ‘human and living nature’) which requires putting the farm labour process centre stage. While there are many books which discuss food and agriculture, this book is different: it delves into the methods and concepts used and presents a comprehensive conceptual framework and the associated methods for research to give students and researchers of agriculture and rural studies a solid set of tools for unravelling the complexities of farming and rural life. Importantly, these tools also empower us to design new ways forward. A wide array of case studies, as wide-ranging as Brazil, Peru, China, the Netherlands, Italy and Guinea Bissau, help readers to grasp the commonalities that underlie strongly diversified and divided rural worlds. The book lists over two hundred basic concepts and includes boxes that discuss the main methods of the sociology of farming.

This textbook is essential reading for students and scholars of food and agriculture, agrarian studies, rural development, food and farming systems, peasant studies and environmental sociology.

chapter 1|38 pages

The specificity of farming

chapter 2|25 pages

The farm labour process

chapter 4|26 pages

Styles of farming

chapter 6|31 pages

Farming, society and capital

chapter 7|31 pages

Rural development processes

chapter 8|26 pages

Constructing new markets

chapter 9|35 pages

Peasant resistances and struggles

chapter 10|32 pages

Dealing with socio-material practices