Impulses towards a multifunctional transition in rural Australia: Interpreting regional dynamics in landscapes, lifestyles and livelihoods

Holmes, John (2008) Impulses towards a multifunctional transition in rural Australia: Interpreting regional dynamics in landscapes, lifestyles and livelihoods. Landscape research, 33 2: 211-223. doi:10.1080/01426390801912089

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Author Holmes, John
Title Impulses towards a multifunctional transition in rural Australia: Interpreting regional dynamics in landscapes, lifestyles and livelihoods
Journal name Landscape research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0142-6397
1469-9710
Publication date 2008-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01426390801912089
Open Access Status
Volume 33
Issue 2
Start page 211
End page 223
Total pages 13
Place of publication Sheffield, U.K.
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Subject 1604 Human Geography
0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
1201 Architecture
1205 Urban and Regional Planning
Abstract The direction, complexity and pace of rural change in affluent, western societies can be conceptualised as a multifunctional transition, in which a variable mix of consumption and protection values has emerged, contesting the former dominance of production values, and leading to greater complexity and heterogeneity in rural occupance at all scales. Australia's generous supply of land and sparse investment in agriculture have facilitated local transitions towards enhanced consumption and protection values, enabling a clear delineation of emerging differentiated modes of rural occupance. These modes are described as: productivist agricultural; rural amenity; small farm (or pluriactive); complex multifunctional; marginalised agricultural; conservation; and indigenous. Within these seven modes, alternative trajectories can be identified, indicating variability in the intensity and type of resource use. Articulation of the multifunctional transition concept may enable a more informed means of developing new policy settings.
Keyword Multifunctionality
Productivism
Rural amenity
Landscape consumption
Landcare
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

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