Definition of peasant economy in US English:

peasant economy


  • An agricultural economy in which the family is the basic unit of production.

    • ‘In spite of the peasant economy, all of the food staples used daily by Vincentians - flour, rice, sugar, salt cod - are imported.’
    • ‘Emphases on freshness, simplicity and purity relate to the direct availability of staples generated by a long heritage of peasant economy.’
    • ‘In the greater part of the country, however, the visitations of the soldiers were at worst occasional, and there was time for the peasant economy, with its extraordinary resilience, to recover.’
    • ‘But what if a traditional state with a peasant economy in our later modern world seeks to industrialize?’
    • ‘The chapters on land sales and ownership, debt and old-age support will appeal to those interested in the role of property regimes in the Chinese peasant economy.’
    • ‘No mention was made of the serious crisis undergone by the farming sector and the peasant economy, in particular.’
    • ‘Their publications on railways, land and labour, peasant economy, and wages of the working class, especially women, have inspired and informed us for decades.’
    • ‘Even in the peasant economy of Ghana, people from the north migrated south to work for African cocoa-growers.’
    • ‘Rapid population growth before 1600 led to the subdivision of peasant farms through inheritance, creating a fragile peasant economy vulnerable to the effects of crises.’
    • ‘Livestock raising was a major element in the peasant economy, along with fishing, hunting, tar production, and peddling.’
    • ‘But it was all so isolated, a peasant economy, subsistence farming.’
    • ‘Government return programs are a sham, without sufficient funding or political will to regenerate the fragile peasant economy.’
    • ‘Indeed war and politics emerge from these essays as another major factor in the peasant economies of early modern Europe.’
    • ‘And, to increase the size of the army would affect the peasant economy adversely and lessen the revenue base upon which the armed forces rested.’
    • ‘Alongside its use as fertilizer, dung has been valued as a form of fuel in many peasant economies.’
    • ‘In the traditional peasant economy there is some security of land ownership, and therefore rural labourers have the possibility of growing their own food.’
    • ‘In the first phase of the development of industrial capitalism, there were those who decried the destruction of the peasant economy and petty-bourgeois artisan production.’
    • ‘The author argues that the fatal flaw of the movement was its attachment to theories of peasant economy as a specific category.’
    • ‘There was, finally, an economic basis for the serf community that was largely lacking among American slaves: the existence of a secondary, peasant economy.’
    • ‘China has a great variety of dialects, stemming from the long history of its small-scale peasant economy.’