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Bygone Utopias and Farm Protest in the Rural Midwest

Returning Home

Authors: Jaster, Daniel

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  • Examines a little-known part of American history, the anti-foreclosure protests led by the Farmers’ Holiday Association
  • Considers the role of the past and visions of “utopia” in shaping political movements and political vision
  • Contributes to work on social movements, historical sociology, sociology of space and place, and beyond
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This book explores those who long for “bygone utopias,” times before rapid, culturally destructive social change stripped individuals of their perceived agency. The case of the wave of foreclosure protests that swept through the rural American Midwest during the 1930s illustrates these themes. These actions embodied a utopian understanding of agrarian society that had largely disappeared by the late 19th century: hundreds to thousands of people fixed public auctions of foreclosed farms, returning owners’ property and giving them a second chance to save their farm. Comparisons to later movements, including the National Farmers’ Organization and the protests surrounding the 1980s Farm Crisis highlight the importance of culturally catastrophic social change occurring at a breakneck pace in fomenting these types of bygone utopian actions. These activists and movements should cause scholars to re-think what it means to be conservative and how we view conservatism, helping us better understand why we’re seeing a contemporary resurgence in nationalist and reactionary movements across the globe.

About the authors

Daniel Jaster is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Eureka College, USA, and affiliated with the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work and a member at the Peace, War, and Social Conflict Laboratory at Texas Tech University. His research centers on social change: how people experience it, how they create it, and how they resist it. More specifically, he focuses on social theory, political sociology, and comparative-historical sociology, with emphases on utopias, sociological pragmatism, and social movement tactics/strategies. His work has appeared in journals such as Political Power and Social Theory, Mobilization, Social Movement Studies, Time and Society, and the Journal of Classical Sociology.


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook 85,59 €
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Hardcover 103,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Bygone Utopias and Farm Protest in the Rural Midwest
Book Subtitle
Returning Home
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-71013-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-71013-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-71012-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 222
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