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Beyond Modernization

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The Impact of Endogenous Rural Development J.D. van der Ploeg & G. van Dijk (eds) 1995 Beyond Modernization. The Impact of Endogenous Rural Development.

Van Gorcum Assen. ISBN90-232-2938-x Beyond Modernization discusses whether or not modernization is to be regarded as an unavoidable process determining the destiny of agriculture. This question is not just interesting from a theoretical and historical point of views, it has important implications for the future.

A continued scale-enlargement, intensification and specialization at farm level, a sharp decline in employment levels and an integration of farming into agri-business chains, are increasingly felt as dead-end roads. Simultaneously, endogenous development emerges as promising alternative to the pattern and internal logic of modernization. This book examines alternative models and strategies and offers a stimulating overview of new development trends in European agriculture.


Jan Douwe van der Ploeg
Formerly Professor and Chair of Rural Sociology and Emeritus professor of Transition Studies at Wageningen University (WUR), the Netherlands and Adjunct Professor of Rural Sociology at the College of Humanities and Development Studies (COHD) of China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing, China.
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