The purpose of this research is to explore the paradigms and worldviews of individuals involved in contemporary U.S. agriculture in the context of anthropological and sociological literature. This includes examining current paradigms constructions, most importantly "productivism" and "post-productivism" by scholars and applying those paradigms to current actors within U.S. agriculture. Pierre Bourdieu and George Herbert Mead, renowned for their theories of habitus and Symbolic Interactionism respectively, will be the primary theorists discussed in this study as their works specifically relate to with how individuals structures their world and how they make decisions from that structure. The data for this research was gathered through in-depth interviews with a variety of actors engaged in some facet of the agriculture industry and primarily reside in the mid-west region of the United States. Finally, this study will conclude with hypotheses as to why certain paradigms are more prevalent in contemporary U.S. agriculture.


Mariola, Matthew


Sociology and Anthropology


Rural Sociology


farming, paradigms

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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