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Title: Go West for a wife : family farming in West Central Scotland 1850-1930
Author: McGuire, Dorothy Ellen
ISNI:       0000 0004 2715 689X
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2012
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The historical geography of farming in the West Central Region of Scotland has been under-researched. Generalisations based on research relating to other parts of the country are misleading because the development and forms of agriculture in the West Central Region were distinctive. Traditionally this is an area of dairy farming which, during the research period (c.1850-1930) was characterised by small family labour farms. The concentration of small farms, on which the faming family and a few hired workers formed the core labour-force, and where the distinctions between employer and employed were less than on the large arable farms of the East, had consequences for rural social structure, mitigating the effects of capitalism. Through a small set of family labour farms, and the families associated with them, the thesis takes a grassroots approach to exploring the pattern of life on the farms of the Region, with particular regard to gender relations. The survival of such farms, contrary to Marxist expectations is investigated, along with the resilience of the farms during the period of ‘The Great Agricultural Depression.’ Glasgow, the economic capital of the Region, underwent phenomenal growth during the nineteenth century, and had a massive impact upon local agriculture. Glasgow and its satellite towns were a market for agricultural produce, and a source of imported livestock feed, and fertilisers. The fashions, in the town, for consumer goods and non-traditional foodstuffs spread out to the surrounding Region, and interaction between town and country was facilitated by the development of the railways. The significance of farm location in relation to Glasgow is assessed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HT Communities. Classes. Races ; HD Industries. Land use. Labor ; GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography ; HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform ; S Agriculture (General) ; HQ The family. Marriage. Woman ; DA Great Britain