Discourses of sustainability: a foucauldian approach

Leonard Palmer

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This paper reports on research undertaken at the Australian National Field Days near Orange NSW. The research sought to see how discourses about sustainability were understood by visitors to the field days. Two mechanisms were employed. The first invited visitors to define sustainability in their own terms. The second offered a range of different definitions of sustainability to see if the respondents recognised them as relevant ways of talking about sustainability. Some demographic materials were also collected. Results are interpreted in relation to the discursive responses made by respondents. The research is part of a wider attempt to understand how a foucauldian theory of discourse and subjectivity may relate to sustainable grazing adoption and its relevance for extension research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAPEN 2003 Forum, Extending Extension
Subtitle of host publicationbeyond traditional boundaries, methods and ways of thinking.
EditorsVanclay Frank
Place of PublicationHobart Tasmania Australia
PublisherThe Regional Insitute Ltd
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)1920842187
Publication statusPublished - 2003
EventExtending Extension: beyond traditional boundaries, methods and ways of thinking. - Hobart Tasmania Australia, Australia
Duration: 26 Nov 200328 Nov 2003


ConferenceExtending Extension: beyond traditional boundaries, methods and ways of thinking.


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