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- DescriptionRural Appalachians in Kentucky call it The Kentucky Way -making a living by doing many kinds of paid and unpaid work and sharing their resources within extended family networks. In fact, these strategies are practiced by rural people in many parts of the world, but they have t been studied extensively in the United States. In <cite>The Livelihood of Kin, Rhoda Halperin undertakes a detailed exploration of this complex, family-oriented ecomy, showing how it promotes ecomic well-being and a sense of identity for the people who follow it. Using actual life and work histories, Halperin shows how people make a living in between the cash ecomy of the city and the agricultural subsistence ecomy of the country. In regionally based, three-generation kin networks, family members work individually and jointly at many tasks: small-scale agricultural production, food processing and storage, odd jobs, selling used and new goods in marketplaces, and wage labor, much of which is temporary. People can make ends meet even in the face of job layoffs and declining crop subsidies. With these strategies people win a considerable degree of automy and control over their lives. Halperin also examines how such multiple livelihood strategies define individual identity by emphasizing a person's role in the family network over an occupation. She reveals, through psychiatric case histories, what damage can result when individuals leave the family network for wage employment in the cities, as increasing urbanization has forced many people to do. While certainly of interest to scholars of Appalachian studies, this lively and readable study will also be important for ecomic anthropologists and urban and rural sociologists.
- Author BiographyRhoda H. Halperin (1946-2009) was Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Montclair State from 2004-2009. She was also Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology, at the University of Cincinnati.
- Author(s)Rhoda H. Halperin
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication01/12/1990
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Note10 b&w photos, 2 line drawings, 7 tables
- Weight321 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine330 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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