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Université de Neuchâtel

Farmer autonomy and the farming self. Journal of Rural Studies

Stock, Paul V. ; Forney, Jérémie

In: Journal of Rural Studies, 2014, vol. 36, p. 160-171

Drawing on interviews in Switzerland and New Zealand, we explore the concept of autonomy as part of a farming self. The farming self encompasses the dialectical relationship of autonomy as both value and tool that help us understand farmers within a wider set of economic, environmental and interpersonal relations. Farmers describe autonomy as a value in three related but slightly different ways....

Université de Neuchâtel

Neoliberal Natures on the Farm: Farmer Autonomy and Cooperation in Comparative Perspective

Stock, Paul V. ; Forney, Jérémie ; Emery, Steven B. ; Wittman, Hannah

In: Journal of Rural Studies, 2014, vol. 36, no. 411-422, p. 411-422

The struggle over autonomy in farming is emblematic of the philosophical and practical tensions inherent in solving multi-scalar environmental issues. We explore the multiplicities of autonomy through comparative case studies of agricultural cooperation in England, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Brazil, which allow consideration of the implications of a range of approaches to managing farmed...