The politics and ideology of economic cooperation in the US farmers' movement

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Recent studies of agrarian mobilizations in the US have increasingly emphasized the importance of the "analysis' employed by various movements. Diagnosis of the causes of problems facing farmers as well as strategic actions derive from the analytical framework that predominates an episode of mobilization. This paper examines the repertoire of ideologies that have informed the history of farmers' movements in the US with the purpose of discovering the comparative potency of competing popular ideologies as mechanisms of mobilization. The conceptual apparatus of frame analysis, as developed by Snow et al, is employed to examine continuities and discontinuities in three particularly resilient "master frames' that have informed the analyses of US farmers' movements: agrarian fundamentalism, a free market ideology, and a producer ideology. The author concludes that while agrarian fundamentalism and a free market ideology are resilient, these master frames have also been subject to considerable transformation and distortion. -from Author

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-34
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Rural Cooperation
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies


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