Beyond a 'good thing': political interests and the meaning of landcare

Lockie, Stewart (1997) Beyond a 'good thing': political interests and the meaning of landcare. In: Lockie, Stewart, and Vanclay, Frank, (eds.) Critical Landcare. Key Papers Series (5). Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia, pp. 29-43.

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[Extract] If any one question plagues those who seek to evaluate or comment on Landcare - not to mention those attempting to initiate Landcare groups or programs - it is the seemingly innocuous question of just what Landcare is. Even the most cursory perusal of documentation on Landcare will reveal at least two things; firstly, that the term 'Landcare' means many things to many people; and secondly, that the idea of Landcare is closely related to many other concepts and projects. If we look solely at this book, for instance, we find that Landcare is examined as a government program by Curtis and De Lacy; a form of extension and information system by Carr; a means of enacting governance by Martin; and as the network of community Landcare groups, and supporting institutions, by Campbell. Further, the chapter by Ritchie shows that the concept of Landcare has travelled across the Tasman, but has changed even further along the way. The question we might ask is whether the dilemmas this diversity poses for professional evaluators - who work best with clear goals and criteria -are of any consequence for anybody else.

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This chapter has previously been published as Lockie, Stewart (1995) Beyond a 'good thing': political interests and the meaning of landcare. Rural Society, 5 (2-3). pp. 3-12 and is available in ResearchOnline at the related URL.

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ISBN: 978-1-875781-40-9
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2017 03:38
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology @ 30%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160802 Environmental Sociology @ 30%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment @ 40%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960704 Land Stewardship @ 60%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960601 Economic Incentives for Environmental Protection @ 40%
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