2015 研究助成 Research Grant Program
(B) Individual Research Grants
助成番号 (Grant Number)
題目 （Project Title）
Labour Migration, Transnational Farm Ownership, and the Transformation of Global Agriculture: Identifying pathways to intercultural connection and shared belonging in changing rural spaces
Global agriculture is being transformed, with far-reaching consequences for social harmony, intercultural connection, and relationships between people and land. This project employs an innovative ethnographic methodology—with extended research in the Australian rural centre of Mildura—to generate rich understandings of increasing cultural diversity in rural places, and to identify pathways to creating new values of shared belonging based on shared practices of connection to land and place. It takes as its focus two dynamics affecting the Australian agricultural sector and relationships between Australia and the Asia-Pacific region: firstly, social tensions related to the perceived buy-up of Australian farmland by foreign, particularly Asian investors; and secondly, the temporary migrations of Pacific Islanders to work as farm labourers. These examples provide case-studies that will cast light on broader processes of change around the world. The project will illuminate transformations to agriculture by globalizing forces, and both the social tensions and new possibilities to which these transformations give rise. Using an innovative methodological and conceptual framing, the project will explore human connection to land as a domain through which social change and cross-cultural encounters are experienced, and within which intercultural understandings and the foundations for new values of shared belonging might be built.