Journal of Comparative Family Studies

A journal emphasizing research concerning cross-cultural families for the academic audience.

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 3, Summer

Above All, Farming Means Family Farming: Context for Introducing the Articles in This Special Issue
INTRODUCTIONDuring the 1980s, the proportion of farms in the member states of the European Community owned and run by families ranged between 83% (France) and 100% (Greece). At 67%, Great Britain was an exception (Gasson and Errington, 1993). Family...
Family Farm Transactions in Norway: Unpaid Care across Three Farm Generations*
INTRODUCTIONThis article presents an analysis of patterns of care and unpaid work across generations in Norwegian farm families.1 It focuses on "beanpole" families, those with several living generations (Brannen, 2003). Understanding intergenerational...
Modernising to Remain Traditional: Farm Families Maintaining a Valued Lifestyle*
INTRODUCTIONThe intent of this article is to offer three conceptualisations (a typology, a conditional matrix, and options for farm families remaining "traditional") that can be useful for researching and understanding farming families, especially as...
Presentation of Personal Control in the Rhetoric of Farm Families Engaged in Business Diversification in Finland
INTRODUCTIONSmall-scale family farming has been under considerable pressures in Western countries during the last decades (Chaplin et al., 2004; Djurfelt and Gooch, 2002; Johnsen, 2003; Mascarenhas, 2001; Melberg, 2003; Welsh, 1997). Policy reforms including...
Role Models and Farm Development Options: A Comparison of Seven Swiss Farm Families*
INTRODUCTIONWith the framework of agricultural policy that has changed dramatically since the 1990s including the introduction of direct payments and the enforcement of various agrarian reforms (Agricultural Policy 2002 and 2007), a high degree of flexibility...
Styles of Pig Farming and Family Labour in the Netherlands
INTRODUCTION TO THE RESEARCHThe concept of styles is multidimensional. With respect to farming, the concept of styles entails the whole of farming practices, including strategies on labour, scale and intensity, recruitment of supplies, and sales of commodities....
The Attribution of Self Amongst Australian Family Farm Operators: Personal Responsibility and Control
INTRODUCTION: THE "FARM CRISIS", NEO-LIBERALISM, AND SELF-BLAMEConsistent with trends in most Western countries, Australian agriculture has undergone an overall decline in the number of establishments with agricultural activity, although the decline...
The Continuity of Family Agriculture and the Succession System: The Basque Case
INTRODUCTIONThe aim of this article is to examine the influence that the systems of inheritance and succession in farm households have on the incorporation of young people from farm households to family agriculture in the Basque Country of Spain. In...
The Influence of "Family" on Agrarian Structure: Revisiting the Family Farm Debate in Bulgaria and Southern Russia
INTRODUCTIONThe development of "family farming" was a hot topic in studies of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) in the early 1990s. Proponents saw the creation of Western, family-style farms as the antidote to the low productivity characterising the large-scale...
The Persistence of Family Farming in the Wake of Agribusiness: A New Brunswick, Canada Case Study*
INTRODUCTIONThe Green Revolution foresaw agriculture industrialising to the point where small-scale, technologically "antiquated" farms dependent on family labour would completely disappear. Modern industrial farming would follow the path of all businesses-it...
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