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Intergenerational Family-Farm Transfer: Family Members' Experiences and Rural Social Issues

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posted on 2017-06-19, 02:35 authored by DIANE ELIZABETH LUHRS
This thesis examines and critiques the phenomenon of family farm transfer of broadacre and dairy farms in western Victoria, Australia, to provide a rich and nuanced account of what for many farming family members is a very stressful event in their lives. This thesis unpacks the process, and in so doing exposes the ideologies informing the attitudes and practices in farming families and farming communities which create distress for family members and contribute to rural depopulation and lack of services and amenity in broadacre farming regions. This knowledge, drawn from personal experiences, provides the foundation on which to build more equitable farm transfers, sustain family relations and rural communities and to inform government policies directed to rural sustainability.


Principal supervisor

Michelle Duffy

Additional supervisor 1

Sally Weller

Additional supervisor 2

Nick Osbaldiston

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

School of Social Sciences (Monash Australia)


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Arts