Cultivating discourse: the social construction of agricultural legislation

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dc.contributor.author Hapke, H.
dc.contributor.author Dixon, Deborah P.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-12-15T14:58:34Z
dc.date.available 2008-12-15T14:58:34Z
dc.date.issued 2003-03
dc.identifier.citation Hapke , H & Dixon , D P 2003 , ' Cultivating discourse: the social construction of agricultural legislation ' Annals of the Association of American Geographers , vol 93 , no. 1 , pp. 142-164 . en
dc.identifier.issn 1467-8306
dc.identifier.other PURE: 95612
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/1633
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1633
dc.description Dixon, Deborah, Hapke, H., (2003) 'Cultivating discourse: the social construction of agricultural legislation', Annals of the Association of American Geographers 93(1) pp.142-164 RAE2008 en
dc.description.abstract In this article we initiate a critical analysis of the discursive geographies from which U.S. agricultural legislation has been constructed. First, we refer to the geography of discourse, which consists of the production, dissemination, and consumption of ideas, concepts, theories, and understandings. Specifically, we trace the emergence and development of an American agrarian discourse, constituted from a wealth of ideas and theories concerning the place of farming in American society and the embodiment of these lines of thought in the agricultural legislation of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We highlight particular discursive sites and the establishment of expert groups and associated institutions, as well as time and place specific understandings of farmers and farming. The second dimension we draw out focuses on the semantic geography of discourse itself: It is through discourse that objects of debate—such as people and place—are demarcated and placed in relation to each other. In this case, farming and farmers have been understood in relation to a series of binaries (free/fettered, family/corporate, rural/urban, welfare/investment, safety/risk, individual/social, us/them), one side of which becomes valorized as “ideal” or the “norm.” We explore the semantic geography of agricultural legislation by focusing on one discursive site, namely the U.S. Senate, and the debates leading to the passage of the 1996 Freedom to Farm Bill. en
dc.format.extent 23 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Annals of the Association of American Geographers en
dc.subject discourse en
dc.subject social construction en
dc.subject U.S. agriculture en
dc.title Cultivating discourse: the social construction of agricultural legislation en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8306.93110
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences en
dc.contributor.institution Cultural and Historical Geography en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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