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Balancing family traditions and business: Gendered strategies for achieving future resilience among agricultural students
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1602-9225
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Rural Studies, ISSN 0743-0167, E-ISSN 1873-1392, no 35, p. 152-161Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper emphasises the future generation of farmers, a group that has been relatively neglected in previous research. Based on focus group interviews, it highlights Swedish agricultural students’ gendered strategies to create a successful farm business in the future, along with the opportunities and obstacles they foresee in generational succession and their future farming activities. The interviews are analysed within the framework of resilience theory, focusing on adaption and renewal. Students highlight the importance of balancing emotional bonds to family and traditions with business goals. It is shown that strategies of renewal are guided by social values. The solitary farmer is replaced by a networking farmer that gathers knowledge in local and international settings. The view of how a partner contributes is, on the one hand, traditional while also showing signs of gender role transformation. We argue that a functioning ‘work-love balance’ reinforces resilience processes in farming.

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Elsevier, 2014. no 35, p. 152-161
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Agricultural students, Resilience, Generational succession, Farming, Gender
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Social and Economic Geography
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Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-229640DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2014.05.003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-229640DiVA, id: diva2:737228
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Looking for farmers. Young farmers future strategies in a transforming sector
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Financial support: Swedish Farmers' Foundation for Agricultural Research (SLF)

Available from: 2014-08-12 Created: 2014-08-12 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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