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The redefinition of family farming: agricultural restructuring and farm adjustment in Waihermo, New Zealand

Johnsen, S. (2004) The redefinition of family farming: agricultural restructuring and farm adjustment in Waihermo, New Zealand. Journal of Rural Studies, 20 (4). pp. 419-432. ISSN 0743-0167

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Abstract

The process of agricultural restructuring embarked upon by the New Zealand government in the mid-1980s precipitated a period of financial hardship for many of the nation's farmers. It was not uncommon for families to adapt major adjustment strategies in order to maintain the viability of their enterprise at this time. Drawing upon a detailed case study of farm-level responses in a small rural locality, this paper argues that farm adjustments employed during and since this period have altered the character of family farming in the area in fundamental ways. Such change has been evident in the increasing heterogeneity of farm structure, and the alteration of farming goals and household labour arrangements, together with the evolution of local cultural norms. These transformations not only raise important questions about the future structure and sustainability of family farming in the area, but also inspire a conceptual reconsideration of the family farm unit as traditional linkages between the farm enterprise, household and property are weakened

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Social Policy and Social Work (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2009 13:05
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2009 13:05
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2004.07.002
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2004.07.002
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6868

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