Agrarian Revolution by Jeffrey M. Paige

By Jeffrey M. Paige

Paige' agrarian revolution supplied a theoretical framework which creatively explores the linkage among varieties of financial and social association and collective political activities

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34 It should be noted that Lipset quotes Veblen disapprovingly. In his own study of Saskatchewan wheat farmers he argues that just such commercial farmers, not the industrial proletariat, had been the main support of socialist parties in both Canada and the United States. The Cooperative Commonwealth Federation studied by Lipset and populist and farmers' parties in the United Mao Tse-tung, Analysis of the Classes in Chillese Society (Peking: Foreign Language Press, 1967), p. 3. : Doubleday Anchor, 1968), p.

33. 33 29 A Theory of Rural Class Conflict States have not been revolutionary or even particularly radical. 3. The figure indicates that Eayment in land leads to an avoidance of any risk that might precipitate lafldlessness orread fo gams fOFlne-taJltlte-ss--a't the expenseorpropertyowners·-andthat"Theseecoocfmiccharac1e['iSfiCs'linmn' lead to po@caIco-DSeniatism;=ideiitifiCaJi'on"wltil'thelliierestof large landowner';, a~da corresponding resistance to politi~dicalism, Cultivators dra;'ing thclr income from land therefore are not likely to form strong parties in their own interests, although they may support strong landowners' parties.

134// J:' Agrarian Revolution ,Isroved relatively transient in industrial societies. Increasing technological 'change leads to a more differentiated, not a more homogeneous class structure, and wages were increased, not reduced to the same low level. ~ed in industrial societies. lization and class contlict exist. ) These characteristics of the agriculturai,v)fge labor force remain relatively constant whether the cultivator works as a plantation laborer, a seasonal harvest migrant, or even a cropper paid in a share of the crop.

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