The social situation of farm households and the innovative behaviour of household heads in Turkish Thrace

Planck, U.; Inan, I.H.; Gurel, A.

Land, Agrarwirtschaft und Gesellschaft Zeitschrift fur Land und Agrarsoziologie 13(1): 17-35


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A survey covering 216 households in 18 villages in the district of Malkara showed one fifth of the population were under 14 and four fifths between 15 and 64. Average household size was 4.3 persons and 67% of household heads and 75% of their wives had had only 5 years of primary education. While 28% of household heads and 6% of their wives had had some further education 68% of their children had gone beyond elementary school. The traditional patriarchal attitude of household heads had largely been replaced by modern partnership behaviour although patriarchal attitudes still prevailed in purchasing and extra-familial affairs. Household heads with patriarchal attitudes were much less likely to be innovative than those with a partnership approach. Innovative behaviour was also less frequent amongst older farmers and those with a short period of schooling, attendance only at a village school or with smaller farms.