(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Understanding farmers’ aesthetic preference for tidy agricultural landscapes: A Bourdieusian perspective

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

BURTON R.J.F. (1) ;
(1) Centre for Rural Research, Trondheim, NORVEGE


Studies of landscape aesthetics indicate that farmers have a unique perspective (seeing beauty) in the same landscapes that other publics find monotonous and boring. The paper uses Bourdieu’s theory of capital to explore why farmers hold this perspective. Interpretations farmers place on tidy features such as straight lines and evenly coloured fields are explored through a cross-cultural study between Germany and Scotland. Results show how farmers read agricultural landscapes for signs of skilled farming, and how their interpretation is dependent on knowledge of the connection between efficient farming practices and the appearance of forms and colours in the fields.


Article of periodic

published at : Landscape research / ISSN 1469-9710

Editor : Taylor & Francis, Abingdon - ROYAUME-UNI (1976)

Millesime : 2012, vol. 37, no1 [pp. 1-22]

Bibliographic references : 4 p.

Collation : 1 tabl., 3 phot. coul.




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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : 10.1080/01426397.2011.559311

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