Sustainability Discourses: Talking about Australian Grazing

Leonard Palmer

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In this paper research on the use of discourses of sustainability by rural people (n==85) is examined from a poststructuralist perspective derived from Foucault. This is part of ongoing research on sustainable grazing adoption in the Central Tablelands region of New South Wales in southern Australia, and follows a national six-year research, trial and demonstration program called Sustainable Grazing Systems. This paper compares self-defined definitions (discourses) of sustainability derived from the survey with eight discourses of sustainability derived from the political literature on sustainability. The paper is used to signal some issues about the working of cultural discourses and some future directions for research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-108
Number of pages8
JournalThe International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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