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University of New South Wales (2012)

Water as property : the social impact of water reform on agriculturalists in the Murray-Darling Basin New South Wales

Capell , Marea

Titre : Water as property : the social impact of water reform on agriculturalists in the Murray-Darling Basin New South Wales

Auteur : Capell , Marea

Grade : Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 2012

Université de soutenance : University of New South Wales.

Résumé
This thesis contributes to sociology and social policy discussions on water reform in New South Wales, Australia. While the study draws on political economy theory in examining water as &​#145 ;property&​#146 ; under economic rationalism policies, it makes an ethnographic contribution to rural sociology as it traces institutional reform in water management in the late twentieth century. The research is influenced by the theoretical concepts of Emile Durkheim on property relations, Pierre Bourdieu&​#146 ;s concepts of field, game, habitus and illusio and Niklas Luhmann&​#146 ;s concept &​#145 ;trust&​#146 ;. These sociological perspectives are integral to my research. The empirical research centred on field observation and qualitative interviews with farm managers and senior officers as the State clawed back over allocated water for environmental restoration. The aims of this study were : (a) to observe the implications of restrictions on water use for farmers under the Water Management Act 2000 (New South Wales). (b) to enquire into the strategies used by dryland and irrigation farm managers to cope with cutbacks in water allocations. And (c) to observe if the trust by farmers in government policy is eroding. I found that if the farmers cannot obtain water to develop their land and water further, to continue traditions of intergenerational change, then income is lost throughout the rural communities. Water reform principles &​#145 ;integrated water resource management&​#146 ; and &​#145 ;sustainable water resource management&​#146 ; give farmers a low priority for water access as trust in policy decisions is eroding. The small and medium broadacre farm managers interiewed retain their trust in their own abilities, resilience and survival strategies, such as earning off farm income. The larger agribusiness managers make decisions to accord with corporate objectives. If they cannot access adequate water resources their farms are more likely to be sold than are smaller or medium size broadacre farms.

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