Farming in a Global Economy

A Case Study of Dutch Immigrant Farmers in Canada


Author: Frans Schryer
Using a Canadian case study, this book demonstrates that Dutch immigrant farmers have a global competitive advantage. It also deals with the implications, both beneficial and harmful, of positive stereotyping, in this case the reputation of the Dutch as successful farmers. Farming in a Global Economy consists of three parts. The first provides an overview of farming and migration in the Netherlands and Ontario. Part two deals with Dutch farmers in Ontario from a historical and a sociological perspective, telling the story of postwar farm immigrants, much of it in their own words. The last part covers the Dutch presence in, and impact on, Ontario agriculture.

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Frans Schryer, who was born and raised in the Netherlands, came to Canada when his parents emigrated in 1957. He became a social anthropologist specializing in rural Mexico, and then did research in rural Ontario, before again turning his attention to Mexico. He currently holds a faculty position at Guelph, well known for its research on agriculture.
Preface List of Figures & Tables Abbreviations Introduction PART ONE: FARMING, CULTURE, AND MIGRATION: THE NETHERLANDS AND ONTARIO 1: The Netherlands: The Country of Origin 2: Ontario: A Province of Immigrants 3: Dutch Farm Immigrants Prior to World War Two PART TWO: DUTCH FARM IMMIGRANTS AFTER WORLD WAR II 4: The Netherlands-Canada Settlement Scheme 5: Becoming a Canadian Farmer 6: Learning and Getting Ahead 7: Dutch Farmers in Different Regions 8: Forming Communities and Institutions 9: Getting Politically Involved 10: A Profile of Dutch-Canadian Farmers 11: Three Generations of Farmers: Continuity and Discontinuity PART THREE: THE DUTCH PRESENCE IN ONTARIO AGRICULTURE 12: Demographics and Spatial Distribution 13: Crop Specialization and Agribusiness 14: The European-Dutch Corporate Connection 15: The Newcomers Conclusion Bibliography Appendix (dual scaling) Index
This book will be of interest to both the educated layman and to scholars specializing in rural studies, the globalization of agricultural production, immigration and the development of a group reputation.