Sandra Contzen

Sandra Contzen
Bern University of Applied Sciences | BFH · School of Agriculture, Forest and Food Sciences

PhD

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In this introductory paper, we discuss changes in work in agriculture arising from the influence of a wide variety of factors: global food chains and societal controversies about farming models, the status of agricultural work as a profession alongside others; the progress of rural development; issues of precariousness in work and in health. We sum...
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Dairy farming is physically hard, with limited freedom due to twice-daily milking duties and low revenues. Moreover, globalization, deregulation and trade liberalization have significantly changed the conditions of dairy farming. How can dairy farmers in this context maintain good quality of life? What makes a life one of good quality? This paper u...
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Rural poverty has received relatively little attention from scholars or publics in Europe over recent decades, often regarded as secondary to more visible urban poverty. The same holds true for research in the US, despite important contributions like Tickamyer et al. (2017). Lately, however, rural poverty and other manifestations of rural disadvant...
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Many Swiss farming families face socioeconomic disadvantage despite Switzerland being a wealthy country with instruments of agricultural policy financially supporting almost all farmers. However, official poverty statistics exclude Swiss farmers and scientific knowledge is rare about how such situations are experienced. This article scrutinises the...
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Family farming, understood as a household which combines family, farm and commercial activity, still represents the backbone of the world’s agriculture. On family farms, labour division has generally been based on complementarity between persons of different gender and generations, resulting in specific male and female spheres and tasks. In this ‘t...
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Retirement generally marks the end of working life and the start of a new life-stage, providing the potential for new contents and opportunities, while requiring adaptation of existing roles. Retired Swiss farming men and women usually continue working and living on the farm, but their roles change. Drawing on conceptual approaches from gerontology...
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How to identify 'target groups'? The core challenges in contemporary develop-ment practice and research are to identify par-ticular groups which struggle for control of available assets and resources (Oakley & Marsden 1984:9) and to categorize community members into specific groups (such as the 'poor', 'marginalized', 'disadvantaged', 'socially exc...
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Swiss farming families are under pressure as a result of developments in agriculture policies and the economy. For many of them, the income situation is unsatisfactory; some are even in precarious income situations. This article highlights the precarious situation of seven farming families. The reasons behind this precariousness are multi-layered a...
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Until now agriculture has been considered a male domain. Although approximately one third of agricultural work is done by women, only very few of them run a farm (of their own). This paper focuses on female farm operators. Ten problem-centred interviews were conducted with female farm operators to examine the motives prompting women to decide on th...

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The project aims at understanding the individual criteria of quality of life of dairy farmers in Switzerland and analysing their strategies to reach or maintain a good level of quality of life.