Is anthropology superfluous in farming systems research?

Cernea, M.M. and Guggenheim, S.E. (1985) Is anthropology superfluous in farming systems research? Farming Systems Research, 4 (9). pp. 504-517.

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The role of the non-economic social sciences, particularly of sociology and anthropology, in farming systems research (FSR) is being gradually and increasingly recognized. However, there are still instances where the role of anthropology/sociology in farming systems research is either directly ignored, confusedly misperceived, or de facto contested. The present paper is using the opportunity offered by a recent instance of explicit denial of the role of anthropology/sociology in FSR, in order to refute the argument that underlines it. This paper also aims to develop, in response, the positive argument for recognizing the social and cultural variables that need to be studied with adequate sociological and anthropological methodologies under the FSR approach. The paper concludes by saying that the sociological/anthropological study of peoples' organization, motivations, value systems and behavioral patterns, should be regarded as a substantial and irreplaceable contribution needed by farming systems research. The task ahead is to explore and make full use of the potential available along these lines

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: Rural Sociology Advisor at the World Bank, The Agriculture and Rural Development Department, Scott Guggenheim
Subjects: Plant Production > Farming Systems
Divisions: Other Crops
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2013 08:50
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2013 08:50
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