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Enchanting resilience: Relations of care and people-place connections in agriculture

Herman, Agatha 2015. Enchanting resilience: Relations of care and people-place connections in agriculture. Journal of Rural Studies 42 , pp. 102-111. 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.10.003

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The practices and decision-making of contemporary agricultural producers are governed by a multitude of different, and sometimes competing, social, economic, regulatory, environmental and ethical imperatives. Understanding how they negotiate and adapt to the demands of this complex and dynamic environment is crucial in maintaining an economically and environmentally viable and resilient agricultural sector. This paper takes a socio-cultural approach to explore the development of social resilience within agriculture through an original and empirically grounded discussion of people–place connections amongst UK farmers. It positions enchantment as central in shaping farmers' embodied and experiential connections with their farms through establishing hopeful, disruptive and demanding ethical practices. Farms emerge as complex moral economies in which an expanded conceptualisation of the social entangles human and non-human actants in dynamic and contextual webs of power and responsibility. While acknowledging that all farms are embedded within broader, nested levels, this paper argues that it is at the micro-scale that the personal, contingent and embodied relations that connect farmers to their farms are experienced and which, in turn, govern their capacity to develop social resilience.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agriculture; Social resilience; Enchantment; Ethics; Care; Farmers
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0743-0167
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 September 2016
Date of Acceptance: 2 October 2015
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2020 19:15

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