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Farm Couples and Crisis Politics: The Importance of Household, Spouse, and Gender in Responding to Economic Decline

Katherine Meyer and Linda Lobao
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 59, No. 1 (Feb., 1997), pp. 204-218
DOI: 10.2307/353673
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353673
Page Count: 15
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Farm Couples and Crisis Politics: The Importance of Household, Spouse, and Gender in Responding to Economic Decline
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Abstract

A relatively large literature examines the responses of households and individuals to economic decline. Although analysts look at a variety of responses, most studies remain inwardly directed toward households' or members' adaptations and survival strategies. This study extends the literature by examining outwardly directed, political action. Data are from a 12-state study of farming couples during the 1980s farm crisis. We link two literatures, one on political action, which has tended to ignore the household, and the second that has focused on internal, household responses to change, but neglected political action. We find support for hypotheses indicating the importance of the household and gender-based relationships to political responses during economic decline.

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