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Framing agri‐digital governance: industry stakeholders, technological frames and smart farming implementation

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Higgins, V and Bryant, M, Framing agri‐digital governance: industry stakeholders, technological frames and smart farming implementation, Sociologia Ruralis ISSN 0038-0199 (In Press) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/soru.12297

Abstract

Meso‐scale actors – such as farm advisors and other extension agents – are increasingly recognised as playing a critical role in managing farmer uncertainty associated with smart farming implementation. However, there has been limited research to date on how these actors navigate smart farming implementation within specific industries or commodity sectors. This article applies theoretical insights from the technological frames literature to investigate how meso‐scale actors in the Australian rice industry frame smart farming technology implementation, and the ways in which relationships between frames variously afford and/or constrain industry sovereignty over implementation of technological change. Through analysis of our data, we reveal a complex relationship between participants’ technological frames involving frame incongruence, frame ambivalence and frame switching. We argue that while development of a more integrated approach to enhancing the digital capacities of meso‐scale actors advocated in the literature provides a way of addressing frame incongruence, more flexible strategies may be needed to address frame ambivalence and switching. Furthermore, we contend that those frame relationships supporting industry sovereignty – namely frame ambivalence and switching – may not always be conducive to the promotion of digital agency among meso‐scale actors, and could in fact impose limits on smart farming implementation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:technological frames, smart farming, agri-digital governance, meso-scale actors, sovereignty, technology implementation, technological frames
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Rural Sociology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
UTAS Author:Higgins, V (Associate Professor Vaughan Higgins)
UTAS Author:Bryant, M (Professor Melanie Bryant)
ID Code:138160
Year Published:In Press
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-03-26
Last Modified:2020-06-19
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