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Timothy M. Murtha, Jr. - associate professor of landscape architecture, Penn State University Park

Book Title: Smallholders, Householders: Farm Families and the Ecology of Intensive, Sustainable Agriculture

Author: Robert Netting

Book Description:

Relying on rich ethnographic details, Netting artfully summarizes and integrates Esther Boserup, Julian Steward, Karl Marx and Thomas Malthus to describe how household farms evolve and adapt to demographic and economic change. This book greatly influenced my understanding and interpretation of Ancient Maya households and intensive agriculture for my dissertation. It continues to inspire my research and scholarship.

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