Diversity in yearly calendars on pastoral properties in western New South Wales: a constructivist perspective

Kersten, S. and Ison, R. (1994). Diversity in yearly calendars on pastoral properties in western New South Wales: a constructivist perspective. The Rangeland Journal, 16(2) pp. 206–220.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1071/RJ9940206

Abstract

The diversity in yearly calendars on sheep properties in western NSW is explored using three criteria of analysis which elucidate these calendars: by seasonal perspective, by main operational activity and individual reasons. From a seasonal perspective the 18 articulated systems could be grouped into seven different calendars. The complexity of a grazing system cannot be analysed from a seasonal perspective alone and the main operational activity and reasons given by individual graziers are a means of identifying differences between yearly calendars. A 'decision making' diagram is established combining main operating activity, reasons for planning certain activities and the month(s) in which they are undertaken. The research reported is based on a constructivist epistemology, which acknowledges the existence of multiple valid realities related to human diversity and local knowledge. The results suggest more insight into the motivations, interpretations and understandings of individual graziers can be gained by using methods like open invitations and semi structured interviews to work towards coresearching activities. Valuing human diversity in interpreting, understanding and preference in property management is a step towards managing the semi-arid rangelands of western New South Wales in a ecologically and socially sustainable way.

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