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Styles, Parables and Scripts: Diversity and Conformity in Australian and Finnish Agriculture


Vanclay, FM and Silvasti, T and Howden, P, Styles, Parables and Scripts: Diversity and Conformity in Australian and Finnish Agriculture, Rural Society, 17, (1) pp. 3-18. ISSN 1037-1656 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.5172/rsj.351.17.1.3


Two paradigms for understanding the acquisition of farmer identity, farming styles and cultural scripts, are compared using interview material with family owned and operated farms in Australia and Finland. The styles of farming approach of van der Ploeg has been considered in various Australian applications. However, it does not adequately address why farmers become farmers, or how farming styles and farmers’ ways of life are socially reproduced. Instead, these are explained by the concepts of farmers’ parables and cultural scripts, both a form of narrative. Parables are the stories farmers tell about hypothetical farmers and which act as a form of social control. Scripts, like parables, are the cultural models that farmers utilise in their stories. Scripts and parables provide an explanation for the preservation of traditional practice when discourses of globalisation and economic rationality advocate the abandoning of the farm. © 2007 eContent Management Pty Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Natural resource management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
UTAS Author:Vanclay, FM (Professor Francis Vanclay)
ID Code:23906
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2009-09-10

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