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dc.contributor.authorCampbell, Hugh
dc.contributor.authorFairweather, John
dc.contributor.authorHunt, Lesley
dc.contributor.authorMcleod, Carmen
dc.identifier.citationCampbell, H., Fairweather, J., Hunt, L., & Mcleod, C. (2004). Social Research Compendium: Key Questions on Social Dimensions of Agricultural Sustainability (ARGOS working paper;2). Agriculture Research Group on Sustainability. Retrieved from
dc.description.abstractFollowing on from the Social Research Rationale, this document takes the rationale an important step further by developing a list of key research topics (and specific issues) that form a comprehensive list of research items that the Social Objective consider to be of interest. Three general instructions are useful before going further into this document. 1) A comprehensive list of research topics is necessarily big. Like Objective 4, the general research process for Objective 5 is to start broad and use the first two years of data gathering to refine the topics down to a more focused set of issues and foci. 2) The topics are positioned to answer five very broad questions about our ARGOS farms: • Who are they? Describe the sociological characteristics of the participating farmers, households and enterprises. • What do they think? What is the positioning (or key ideas) of our participants in terms of a list of core concepts in the project? • What is their capacity to act? Even if people think a particular way, or want to do some things, individuals are nonetheless constrained in many ways. Social scientists consider this key issue to be central to any analysis: their capacity to act. • What changes over the period of the project (and in retrospect)? Both looking back in time, and through the period of the project, what are the key dimensions of change in the farms? • What are the key influences on these changes? What the key processes and ‘sites of action’ that influence farm activity, and which can assist us in understanding how more pro-active intervention to achieve change might be undertaken? 3) What gaps are left? This document contributes to getting all the different researchers around the Social Objective clearly aligned and coordinated in framing up and delivering the next phase of research. It also helps to very clearly define the interests and foci of the social research for the other participants in ARGOS. However, maybe its most important task is to provide an opportunity for discussion around those points of interest that Objective 5 shares with the other Objectives, as well as where there are significant gaps as yet unaddressed by the project.en_NZ
dc.publisherAgriculture Research Group on Sustainabilityen_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofseriesARGOS Working Paper
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.subjectARGOS projecten_NZ
dc.subjectNew Zealanden_NZ
dc.titleSocial Research Compendium: Key Questions on Social Dimensions of Agricultural Sustainabilityen_NZ
dc.typeCommissioned Report for External Bodyen_NZ
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