Subjective realities of older male farmers: Self-perceptions of ageing and work

Judith Gullifer, Anthony Thompson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

21 Citations (Scopus)
171 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

The research focused on the experiences and identity of aged male farmers in relation to farming and ageing using a phenomenological design. A sample of eight Australian farmers ranging in age from 65 to 80 years participated in audio taped interviews. The matic analysis revealed four prominent themes, 1) the narrative of 'toughness'. 2) a down-to-earth view of ageing, 3) attachment to place and 4) the importance of feeling productive and useful. The themes are potently portrayed in selected comments from the interviewees and linked to relevant issues in the ageing literature. They reveal the complex nature of ageing, in a world where masculinity and agrarian values have been socially constructed and identity is regulated accordingly. It is suggested that underlying the manifest themes was the psychological dynamic of nourishing the identity to maintain a positive self-concept. Findings imply that for many aged male farmers, their lifestyle has engendered particular perspectives that are integral to their adaptations to ageing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-97
Number of pages18
JournalRural Society
Volume16
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Fingerprint

lifestyle
Farmers
Self-perception
Farming
Lifestyle
Psychological
Self-concept
Integral
Masculinity
analysis
world

Cite this

@article{f5885b57edfe4661a3cf2d650b4f9e41,
title = "Subjective realities of older male farmers: Self-perceptions of ageing and work",
abstract = "The research focused on the experiences and identity of aged male farmers in relation to farming and ageing using a phenomenological design. A sample of eight Australian farmers ranging in age from 65 to 80 years participated in audio taped interviews. The matic analysis revealed four prominent themes, 1) the narrative of 'toughness'. 2) a down-to-earth view of ageing, 3) attachment to place and 4) the importance of feeling productive and useful. The themes are potently portrayed in selected comments from the interviewees and linked to relevant issues in the ageing literature. They reveal the complex nature of ageing, in a world where masculinity and agrarian values have been socially constructed and identity is regulated accordingly. It is suggested that underlying the manifest themes was the psychological dynamic of nourishing the identity to maintain a positive self-concept. Findings imply that for many aged male farmers, their lifestyle has engendered particular perspectives that are integral to their adaptations to ageing.",
keywords = "Open access version available",
author = "Judith Gullifer and Anthony Thompson",
note = "Imported on 12 Apr 2017 - DigiTool details were: Journal title (773t) = Rural Society: the journal of research into rural and regional social issues in Australia. ISSNs: 1037-1656;",
year = "2006",
language = "English",
volume = "16",
pages = "80--97",
journal = "Rural Society: the journal of research into rural and regional social issues in Australia",
issn = "1037-1656",
publisher = "eContent Management Pty Ltd",
number = "1",

}

Subjective realities of older male farmers : Self-perceptions of ageing and work. / Gullifer, Judith; Thompson, Anthony.

In: Rural Society, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2006, p. 80-97.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Subjective realities of older male farmers

T2 - Self-perceptions of ageing and work

AU - Gullifer, Judith

AU - Thompson, Anthony

N1 - Imported on 12 Apr 2017 - DigiTool details were: Journal title (773t) = Rural Society: the journal of research into rural and regional social issues in Australia. ISSNs: 1037-1656;

PY - 2006

Y1 - 2006

N2 - The research focused on the experiences and identity of aged male farmers in relation to farming and ageing using a phenomenological design. A sample of eight Australian farmers ranging in age from 65 to 80 years participated in audio taped interviews. The matic analysis revealed four prominent themes, 1) the narrative of 'toughness'. 2) a down-to-earth view of ageing, 3) attachment to place and 4) the importance of feeling productive and useful. The themes are potently portrayed in selected comments from the interviewees and linked to relevant issues in the ageing literature. They reveal the complex nature of ageing, in a world where masculinity and agrarian values have been socially constructed and identity is regulated accordingly. It is suggested that underlying the manifest themes was the psychological dynamic of nourishing the identity to maintain a positive self-concept. Findings imply that for many aged male farmers, their lifestyle has engendered particular perspectives that are integral to their adaptations to ageing.

AB - The research focused on the experiences and identity of aged male farmers in relation to farming and ageing using a phenomenological design. A sample of eight Australian farmers ranging in age from 65 to 80 years participated in audio taped interviews. The matic analysis revealed four prominent themes, 1) the narrative of 'toughness'. 2) a down-to-earth view of ageing, 3) attachment to place and 4) the importance of feeling productive and useful. The themes are potently portrayed in selected comments from the interviewees and linked to relevant issues in the ageing literature. They reveal the complex nature of ageing, in a world where masculinity and agrarian values have been socially constructed and identity is regulated accordingly. It is suggested that underlying the manifest themes was the psychological dynamic of nourishing the identity to maintain a positive self-concept. Findings imply that for many aged male farmers, their lifestyle has engendered particular perspectives that are integral to their adaptations to ageing.

KW - Open access version available

M3 - Article

VL - 16

SP - 80

EP - 97

JO - Rural Society: the journal of research into rural and regional social issues in Australia

JF - Rural Society: the journal of research into rural and regional social issues in Australia

SN - 1037-1656

IS - 1

ER -