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Title: Succession on Scottish family farms : socialisation processes and the construction of farmer identities
Author: Heike, Fischer
ISNI:       0000 0001 3552 2106
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2007
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This study investigated socialisation processes on Scottish family fanns. Although land and knowledge transfers within established succession systems are important to environmental, social, economic and cultural sustainability issues, the reasons behind changing succession patterns are not well understood. Past studies have tended to focus on how external factors are associated wifu particular occupational choices. However, this neglects the role of socialisation processes and identity in framing behaviour. Therefore, this study looked at how children's identities are constructed and how these, in tum, frame particular occupational choices. The results suggest that children develop fanner identities according to four salient dimensions of established fanner ideal types: maleness, commitment, common sense and physical robustness. A key conclusion is that whether or not children develop fanner identities acts a good predictor of their occupational choices. Also, fanner identities are established relatively early and are relatively non-reversible, indicating the importance of the 'successful' socialisation of ,' children into their family fann context. Further, these socialisation processes are integrated within endogenous cycles, oscillating between socialisation processes,' succession processes and fann trajectories. Moreover, while issues and processes that are external to the fann and family context have no objective relevance for individuals' occupational choices, they may become subjectively relevant in the context of these endogenous cycles. Keywords: Family fanning, succession, Scotland, knowl~dge transfer, successors, socialisation, identities, social constructedness, fanner ideal types, commitment, gender, common sense, physical robustness, internalisation, abstract identification, experience-based identification, endogenous cycles, fann business trajectories, structure, agency.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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