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Gewählte Master / Diploma Thesis:

Bernadette Waldherr (2015): wurzeln . wandeln . bestehn Der Wandel bäuerlicher Hofwirtschaften in der Buckligen Welt landschafts- und freiraumplanerisch betrachtet.
Master / Diploma Thesis - Institut für Landschaftsplanung (ILAP), BOKU-Universität für Bodenkultur, pp 101. UB BOKU obvsg FullText

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In present times, the farmers of the Austrian region Bucklige Welt differ from each other in how they manage their farms more than 30 to 40 years ago. Nowadays, the farmers differ more in terms of managing the farm, size of land and quantity and types of farm animals. This shift is illustrated on the basis of seven selected farms. The changes are described and interpreted in the development of the organisation of farmland and farmstead, and in the economic relations of the farmers. The main thesis of this work is: The subsistence production forms the basis for the cultivation of land – for a smallholding, as well for the agro-industry. The appreciation that is received by subsistence differs in the respective ways of doing business. The interpretation reveals values that shape the farmers overall concepts and role models according to those they manage their farms. Those concepts and role models are established and consistent ones, like close cooperation within the neighbourhood and kinship, independent working with nature, own property, handing over to the next generation, as well as modern, growth-orientated concepts of the market economy and agricultural policy, which aim to improve the efficiency and capital of farming. Those concepts are differently appreciated and implemented by the farmers. The features all farms have in common correspond to the principle of managing a smallholding: different pillars in farming and managing a farm, farm workers are usually relatives, cooperation with neighbours and kinship. The work of smallholders and subsistence work is necessary for the functioning of the agro-industrial way of doing business by which it is exploited as well. On the contrary, subsistence-orientated farming appreciates the structures of smallholdings and enables consistency – with the principles of personal, regional, diverse and cooperative farming.

Beurteilende(r): Schneider Gerda

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