Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2010

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Sociology

Major

Sustainable Agriculture

First Advisor

Cornelia B. Flora

Abstract

This research was designed as an exploration of photovoice and autodriven photo elicitation as a methodology for engaging farmers and understanding the meaning they see in the landscape. I used grounded theory in an art-based, appreciative inquiry approach to examine how farmers view their land, and the way in which those values shape the farming practices that impact shared natural resources. The picture participants painted, with their photographs and words, was a complex portrait, filled with conflicting values, rich history, and complicated relationships with the land. Though not all-inclusive, three key themes emerged from the process: issues of agency, concepts of productivity, and the interwoven connection of people, time, and land. Photovoice and autodriven photo elicitation can be a useful alternative for engaging farmers and policy makers around issues of conservation and land use, and can be utilized as a tool for action and change.

Copyright Owner

Stephanie Nichole D'adamo

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-30

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

71 pages

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Sociology Commons

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