The family farm in advanced capitalist economies is a ‘problem’ that just will not go away. All of classical sociology, including Marxism, expected the household to give way completely to ‘modern’ industry. Those for whom it is not a problem have narrowed the classical vision: including those economists who are unconcerned with relations of production within enterprises, and those rural sociologists who are uncritical of the ideological ‘naturalness’ of family farming.