Signs of countrymindedness: a survey of attitudes to rural industries and people

Cockfield, Geoff and Botterill, Linda Courtenay (2012) Signs of countrymindedness: a survey of attitudes to rural industries and people. Australian Journal of Political Science, 47 (4). pp. 609-622. ISSN 1036-1146


Some political scientists have argued that ‘countrymindedness’, a set of tenets about the importance of agriculture and rural life, is of decreasing political and social importance. There has been little empirical research to test this, so the authors conducted an exploratory survey of attitudes to rural industries and people. The results reveal that there are some differences in attitudes according to age, location, country of birth and voting intention, which fit with the ‘decline of countrymindedness’ thesis. Contrary to that, however, there is still a tendency to attribute stereotypical countryminded characteristics to rural people, strong support for farmers’ production methods, and very strong belief in the importance of agriculture to the future of the nation. Most surprisingly is that there is quite strong support for providing more government assistance to agriculture, at odds with the
market liberalism of the last 30 years.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy. (Taylor & Francis)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2013 23:40
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2018 05:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: agrarianism; countrymindedness; rural policy; rural politics; rural life; rural communities; agriculture
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160510 Public Policy
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160601 Australian Government and Politics
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9402 Government and Politics > 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/10361146.2012.731482

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