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Complex Shades of Green: Gradually Changing Notions of the 'Good Farmer' in a Swedish Context
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
2016 (English)In: Sociologia Ruralis, ISSN 0038-0199, E-ISSN 1467-9523, Vol. 56, no 3, 391-407 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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There are ever-growing demands on farmers to consider the wider environmental implications of production, not least in the Baltic Sea Region where concerns about agricultural-related eutrophication are significant. In Sweden, farmers are being nudged through voluntary agri-environmental measures, enticed by the market and compelled to make the transition from a productivist agriculture to a multifunctional one. Drawing on the ‘good farmer’ concept, inspired by Bourdieu, this paper studies Swedish conventional and agri-environmental farmers’ views and reflections on the changing relationship between farming practices and the environment. The paper finds that despite 25 years of agri-environmental policy in Sweden, some conventional farmers are still mired in a narrow productivist mindset. That said, the study concludes that we should be wary of conceiving the ‘good farmer’ too strictly in productivist terms, given that the ‘rules of the agricultural game’ in Sweden are leading to a more divergent farmer habitus. Farmers are looking for opportunities within the multifunctional agricultural field, which increasingly demands and expects all farmers to embed social and environmental goals into production considerations.

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2016. Vol. 56, no 3, 391-407 p.
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Farmer Environment
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-28372DOI: 10.1111/soru.12115Local ID: 512/42/2012Archive number: 000384985500004OAI: diva2:856060
Cooperating for sustainable regional marine governance - The case of fisheries and nutrient run-off from agriculture to the Baltic Sea
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 512/42/2012
Available from: 2015-09-23 Created: 2015-09-23 Last updated: 2016-11-03Bibliographically approved

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