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The pursuit of productivity in agriculture: A socioanthropology of the industrialization of the French countryside

Abstract : For a few years now, some farmers, concerned about the demographic hemorrhage in their occupation, and a segment of public opinion, aware of environmental issues, have been questioning "productivism" in agriculture. Despite this social criticism from both inside and outside farming circles, this issue has not attracted much interest, at least not in the social sciences. After a description of the methodology used, points are raised that help us understand the situation from a perspective combining sociology and anthropology. The pursuit of productivity is a "total social fact" to be analyzed in economic, symbolic, political and psychological terms. The farmers who pursue productivity depend on commerce and are convinced that technical innovations necessarily represent an advance for agriculture.
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Maxime Prevel. The pursuit of productivity in agriculture: A socioanthropology of the industrialization of the French countryside. Etudes rurales, EHESS, 2008, pp.115-132. ⟨10.4000/etudesrurales.8675⟩. ⟨hal-02058871⟩

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