Definition of Agrarian Society
Example of Agrarian Society
Agrarian Society Pronunciation
- IPA Pronunciation
- Syllabification: (a·grar·i·an so·ci·e·ty)
- Plural: agrarian societies
- An agrarian society is compared and contrasted with a horticultural society and a hunter-gatherer society.
- Also called:
- agriculture society
- agricultural society
- “About 5000 years ago, people developed plow agriculture. By attaching oxen and other large animals to plows, farmers could increase the amount they produced. Again thanks to technological innovation, surpluses grew. With more wealth came still sharper social stratification. Agrarian societies developed religious beliefs justifying steeper inequality. People came to believe that kings and queens ruled by ‘divine right.’ They viewed large landowners as ‘lords.’ Moreover, if you were born a peasant, you and your children were likely to remain peasants. If you were born a lord, you and your children were likely to remain lords. In the vocabulary of modern sociology, we say that stratification in agrarian societies was based more on ascription than achievement” (Brym and Lie 2007:225).
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “agrarian society.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 24, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/agrarian-society/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
agrarian society. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/agrarian-society/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “agrarian society.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 24, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/agrarian-society/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“agrarian society.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 24 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/agrarian-society/>.