Academic journal article Rural Society

Editorial

Academic journal article Rural Society

Editorial

Article excerpt

This issue marks a momentous occasion for the Centre for Rural Social Research, the editors, and the journal. After 17 years of self-publishing, we are delighted that Rural Society will now be published by eContent Management Pty Ltd a niche commercial publisher with a special interest in global publishing of regional journals. This change provides the opportunity to offer subscribers both full electronic copies and/or print issues. It is planned that all back copies will be loaded onto the publisher's website over the course of 2007-08. Electronic copies will also be available for purchase per issue and per article.

The broad discipline areas covered in the journal means that it is unusual to have two papers in the one issue that complement each other as well as those by Frank Vanclay, Tiini Silvasti & Peter Howden and that of Ian Coldwell. Both papers are in the broad area of farmers' perceptions of their own and other farmers' identity and roles. Ian Coldwell, in his paper Young farmers, masculinities and the embodiment of farming practices in an Australian setting examines how male farmers perceive their roles and that of their female counterparts within the context of changes that have occurred in gender and identity in farming.

Using van der Ploeg's styles of farming approach as a starting point, Vanclay, Howden and Silvasti establish two other frameworks in their paper Styles, parables and scripts: Diversity and conformity in Australian and Finnish agricuture, those of farmers' parables (in the Australian context) and cultural scripts (for the Finnish) to help explain why farmers chose to become farmers.

In Work-sport competition: The role of agricultural contests in New Zealand, Rupert Tipples and Jude Wilson discuss the function of these contests from a range of theoretical perspectives, and outline their economic and social benefits. …

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