Sideline and lifeline: The cultural economy of maple syrup production

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

45 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Why do people engage in economically minor resource production activities? This field study of Vermont and Quebec maple syrup producers and their households and enterprises examines the diversity of motivations and concerns in contemporary maple syrup production. Farmers, former farmers, and non-farmers all produce maple syrup. The concept of embeddedness provides a framework for understanding how producers understand their involvement with maple syrup, by highlighting the social and cultural context of economic action. An embeddedness perspective emphasizes how other work activities, household relations, the surrounding community, and the resource environment shape the possibilities for and understandings of minor resource production activities. Maple syrup generally only supplemented the household income of the 76 producers interviewed. Producers articulated a cultural economy of syrup production centered on its contribution to overall livelihood, cultural identity, and lifestyle. Reasons included managing risks, making seasonal use of land and labor resources, developing a retirement income, demonstrating a rural, agrarian identity, and strengthening family and community ties. Implications for policy include the place of minor resource production activities in securing rural livelihoods and providing cultural anchors in rural regions experiencing demographic and economic change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)507-532
Number of pages26
JournalRural Sociology
Volume63
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

Fingerprint

cultural economy
producer
resources
livelihood
farmer
economic action
field of study
household income
cultural identity
economic change
population development
retirement
community
rural area
labor
income

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

Cite this

@article{6a1335162c8e4fbc8b8dc34ea2e5b5d0,
title = "Sideline and lifeline: The cultural economy of maple syrup production",
abstract = "Why do people engage in economically minor resource production activities? This field study of Vermont and Quebec maple syrup producers and their households and enterprises examines the diversity of motivations and concerns in contemporary maple syrup production. Farmers, former farmers, and non-farmers all produce maple syrup. The concept of embeddedness provides a framework for understanding how producers understand their involvement with maple syrup, by highlighting the social and cultural context of economic action. An embeddedness perspective emphasizes how other work activities, household relations, the surrounding community, and the resource environment shape the possibilities for and understandings of minor resource production activities. Maple syrup generally only supplemented the household income of the 76 producers interviewed. Producers articulated a cultural economy of syrup production centered on its contribution to overall livelihood, cultural identity, and lifestyle. Reasons included managing risks, making seasonal use of land and labor resources, developing a retirement income, demonstrating a rural, agrarian identity, and strengthening family and community ties. Implications for policy include the place of minor resource production activities in securing rural livelihoods and providing cultural anchors in rural regions experiencing demographic and economic change.",
author = "Hinrichs, {Cynthia Clare}",
year = "1998",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1111/j.1549-0831.1998.tb00690.x",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "63",
pages = "507--532",
journal = "Rural Sociology",
issn = "0036-0112",
publisher = "Rural Sociological Society",
number = "4",

}

Sideline and lifeline : The cultural economy of maple syrup production. / Hinrichs, Cynthia Clare.

In: Rural Sociology, Vol. 63, No. 4, 01.01.1998, p. 507-532.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Sideline and lifeline

T2 - The cultural economy of maple syrup production

AU - Hinrichs, Cynthia Clare

PY - 1998/1/1

Y1 - 1998/1/1

N2 - Why do people engage in economically minor resource production activities? This field study of Vermont and Quebec maple syrup producers and their households and enterprises examines the diversity of motivations and concerns in contemporary maple syrup production. Farmers, former farmers, and non-farmers all produce maple syrup. The concept of embeddedness provides a framework for understanding how producers understand their involvement with maple syrup, by highlighting the social and cultural context of economic action. An embeddedness perspective emphasizes how other work activities, household relations, the surrounding community, and the resource environment shape the possibilities for and understandings of minor resource production activities. Maple syrup generally only supplemented the household income of the 76 producers interviewed. Producers articulated a cultural economy of syrup production centered on its contribution to overall livelihood, cultural identity, and lifestyle. Reasons included managing risks, making seasonal use of land and labor resources, developing a retirement income, demonstrating a rural, agrarian identity, and strengthening family and community ties. Implications for policy include the place of minor resource production activities in securing rural livelihoods and providing cultural anchors in rural regions experiencing demographic and economic change.

AB - Why do people engage in economically minor resource production activities? This field study of Vermont and Quebec maple syrup producers and their households and enterprises examines the diversity of motivations and concerns in contemporary maple syrup production. Farmers, former farmers, and non-farmers all produce maple syrup. The concept of embeddedness provides a framework for understanding how producers understand their involvement with maple syrup, by highlighting the social and cultural context of economic action. An embeddedness perspective emphasizes how other work activities, household relations, the surrounding community, and the resource environment shape the possibilities for and understandings of minor resource production activities. Maple syrup generally only supplemented the household income of the 76 producers interviewed. Producers articulated a cultural economy of syrup production centered on its contribution to overall livelihood, cultural identity, and lifestyle. Reasons included managing risks, making seasonal use of land and labor resources, developing a retirement income, demonstrating a rural, agrarian identity, and strengthening family and community ties. Implications for policy include the place of minor resource production activities in securing rural livelihoods and providing cultural anchors in rural regions experiencing demographic and economic change.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0032467935&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0032467935&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1111/j.1549-0831.1998.tb00690.x

DO - 10.1111/j.1549-0831.1998.tb00690.x

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:0032467935

VL - 63

SP - 507

EP - 532

JO - Rural Sociology

JF - Rural Sociology

SN - 0036-0112

IS - 4

ER -