The ‘good farmer’: farmer identities and the control of exotic livestock disease in England

Naylor, Rhiannon and Hamilton-Webb, Alice and Little, Ruth and Maye, Damian (2016) The ‘good farmer’: farmer identities and the control of exotic livestock disease in England. Sociologia Ruralis. ISSN 0038-0199

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Abstract

Exotic livestock disease outbreaks have the capacity to significantly impact individual livestock keepers, as well as devastate an entire industry sector. However, there has been limited research undertaken to understand how farmers think about and carry out exotic disease control practices within the social sciences. Drawing on aspects of Social Identity Theory and Self-Categorisation Theory, this paper explores how the ‘good farmer’ identity concept influences farmers’ exotic livestock disease control practices. Using findings from an in-depth, large-scale qualitative study with animal keepers and veterinarians, the paper identifies three context specific and at times conflicting ‘good farmer’ identities. Additionally, a defensive component is noted whereby farmers suggest an inability to carry out their role as a ‘good farmer’ due to government failings, poor practice undertaken by ‘bad farmers’, as well as the uncontrollable nature of exotic disease.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Q Science > QL Zoology
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
S Agriculture > SF Animal culture
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Eleanor Hawketts
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2016 10:09
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2017 10:49
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3275

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