Part time farming and the farm family: A note for future research
Sociologia Ruralis 23(1): 5-10
ISSN/ISBN: 0038-0199 Accession: 001106761
Despite the importance of part time farming in a wide variety of agro-rural systems, knowledge of the phenomenon is far from complete. The absence of a seminal theory on the subject may be due to its diverse nature and the complexity of the issues involved. Different disciplines (geography, economics, political science, sociology and demography) have contributed to theory but the farm family has seldom been a focus in part time farming studies. A family farm approach is advocated as decisions about income and labour allocation are dependent upon the labour resources, customs and attitudes of the family. Farm family structures are dynamic and related to the dynamics of part time farming.