A Place of their Own: Family Farming in Eastern Finland by Ray Abrahams

By Ray Abrahams

In line with box study in japanese Finland now not faraway from the Russian border, this e-book is an account of the most gains of rural society within the sector. It can pay designated realization to the adaptability of farming households in a swiftly altering global. matters taken care of comprise marriage and the kinfolk, paintings and mechanization, succession to farms, and the paradoxical blend of fierce individualism and cooperation. significant topics of the booklet are the relation among legislations and customized, which isn't constantly what it kind of feels at the floor, and the advanced interlocking of farm, relations, and the broader society.

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Yet, as in parts of the third world today, more was involved than simply a growing population and the inclemencies of nature. 6 Towards the end of the century, the position of such poorer elements in the rural population began to deteriorate yet further with the development of the timber industry. Land-owners found new uses for their land and became increasingly reluctant to allow tenants to occupy it. In the eastern areas, there was also a related fall in swidden cultivation, which had been an important stand-by for the landless.

In the aftermath of earlier conflict and resistance, this was not acceptable to the Finns. In July 1917, the Socialist-led Parliament arrogated to itself the Tsar's rights vis-a-vis internal policy, but left rights over foreign policy to the Russian authorities. This measure failed to satisfy the politicians on the right and also many of the people, since it fell short of full independence and it left the country with no clear head of state. The right then gave support to the Russian dissolution of this Parliament, and a new house was elected with a Socialist minority.

I am also keen to make a contribution to our understanding of the family and other zones of interpersonal relations, and of the nature of their often complex links to the wider world. In this context, I hope that what I have to say about such issues as succession and co-operation will be interesting to social anthropologists and other social scientists who are not necessarily specialists in the study of European or even simply agrarian societies. Beyond this, I hope that the book will be of interest to Finns themselves, and that the naive eye of the outsider can occasionally see something which those on the inside know, in some sense, and yet miss.

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