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Isabelle, Adjani, 2023. Being a farmer’s child : the silent making of a farmer. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development



As many farms in the European Union and within Sweden are family farms, farm inheritance becomes a relevant topic. Many children of farmers grow up in the agrarian world and stand to one day be farmers themselves. The aim of the thesis is to understand how children of farmers in Sweden are socialized into the role of farmers and how their gender impacts both their chance at being a successor and how they perceive the idea of succession. This thesis seeks to understand how the upbringing of children on farms involve gender-specific socialization into the role of farmer and how the gender of the children impacts their view of their ability to take over the operations. To answer these questions, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 8 participants. The participants had grown up in a family farm context and had reflected upon a possibility to inherit the farm. The analysis of the interviews showed that parents do not wish to pressure their child into becoming a farmer and adopts a silent policy regarding succession talk. The silent policy does not always result in less pressure. Young women have interacted with machinery in their childhood but still struggle to confidently operate and care for them, thus making them prone to desire a partner with whom they could share the workload with. Men, on the other hand, desire partnership with non-relationship related entities, such as neighbors or institutions. This research is of value when trying to understand the early stages of generation shift processes and how different genders perceive the opportunity to inherit a family farm.

Main title:Being a farmer’s child
Subtitle:the silent making of a farmer
Authors:Isabelle, Adjani
Supervisor:Pettersson, Katarina
Examiner:Kuns, Brian
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2023
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NY009 Agriculture Programme - Rural Development 300 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:generational shift, socialization, gender, machinery, work-love balance, inheritor, farming, family
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Deposited On:29 Aug 2023 13:13
Metadata Last Modified:30 Aug 2023 01:03

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