‘From generation to generation: changing dimensions of intergenerational farm transfer’

Chiswell, Hannah Marie (2016) ‘From generation to generation: changing dimensions of intergenerational farm transfer’. Sociologia Ruralis. ISSN 0038-0199

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Abstract

The transfer of managerial control between generations on the family farm has long been understood as a critical and often problematic phase, with implications for both the individual farm business and more broadly, the sustainability of family farming systems. Drawing on empirical data from interviews with prospective successors and farmers in Devon, England, the article provides a contemporary analysis of the transfer of managerial control on family farms. Although in line with traditional conceptualisations, findings reaffirm how many prospective successors were delegated tasks of increasing responsibility, with limited access to the higher responsibility financial management tasks, an emergent cohort of younger prospective successors enjoyed a contrasting progression towards managerial control, involving varied involvement across all aspects of farm management. With reference to late modernity and the individualisation thesis, the article explores how unconstrained by tradition the emerging cohort described a wealth of off-farm experiences, including what the article terms short-term diversions, which the analysis reveals have informed and shaped their progression towards managerial control. In view of these findings, the article offers an alternative and up-to-date conceptualisation of the transfer of managerial control in the form of the succession matrix, before considering the potential applications and some avenues for future research.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Chiswell, Hannah Marie (2016) ‘From generation to generation: changing dimensions of intergenerational farm transfer’. Sociologia Ruralis. ISSN 0038-0199, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/soru.12138/abstract#publication-history. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Hannah Chiswell
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2017 14:35
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2017 10:11
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/4870

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