Agricultural Turns, Geographical Turns: Retrospect and Prospect.

Evans, Nick (2008) Agricultural Turns, Geographical Turns: Retrospect and Prospect. In: UNSPECIFIED Ashgate.

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It is accepted that British rural geography has actively engaged with the ‘cultural turn’, leading to a resurgence of research within the sub-discipline. However, a reading of recent reviews suggests that the cultural turn has largely, if not completely, bypassed those geographers interested in the agricultural sector. Farming centred engagements with notions of culture have been relatively limited compared with those concerned with the non-agricultural aspects of rural space. Indeed, agricultural geography represents something of an awkward case in the context of the disciplinary turn to culture, a situation that demands further exposition. In seeking explanation, it becomes evident that research on the farm sector is more culturally informed than initially appears. This paper argues that there have been both interesting and important engagements between agricultural geography and cultural perspectives over the past decade. The paper elaborates four specific areas of research which provide evidence for concern about the ‘culture’ within agriculture. The future contribution that culturally informed perspectives in geographical research can bring to agricultural issues is outlined by way of conclusion.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: G Geography (General)
Members: University of Worcester
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Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2011 09:19
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2016 13:09

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