by William H. Friedland, Amy E. Barton, and Robert J. Thomas, This monograph is concerned with the analysis of a specific production segment of the agricultural production system of the United States. It examines, in some detail, the ways in which social groups interact with one another in the making of a common food in American society; iceberg lettuce. The major questions informing the research, however, extend beyond the specific features of lettuce production. Rather the authors are interested more generally with the factors influencing the organization of industrial production. In particular, the authors seek answers to the questions, how are new methods of production formulated and what forces determine the acceptance or rejection of new technologies? The authors seek to answer these questions by focusing on a major agricultural industry currently moving in the direction of large-scale changes in work organization. This monograph is also directed toward contributing to the emergence of a sociology of agriculture and the belief that the analysis of concrete social systems requires some form of application. 159 pages, 1981; cloth.