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Becoming A Young Farmer

Young People’s Pathways Into Farming: Canada, China, India and Indonesia

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  • Focusses on youth who are aspiring to be farmers, instead of why youth leave the countryside
  • Uses a life-course approach to understand the experiences of young farmers
  • First systematic research collection focused on farmers in Asia, in 3 countries with the largest youth population
  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access.

Part of the book series: Rethinking Rural (RR)

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About this book

This open access book is based on a multi-country collaborative research project focussing on Canada, China, India, and Indonesia.

It responds directly and concretely to concerns about the generational sustainability of smallholder farming worldwide– reflected in the current UN Decade of Family Farming.  Drawing on research that asks how (some) young people continue to pursue a (future) livelihood in farming, the book uses the life-course perspective and privileges voices of young farmers to show that movement away from farming such as time spent in education, migration and non-farm work does not exclude eventual farming futures.

The book will be of interest to scholars and students of agrarian studies, anthropology, development studies, gender studies, human geography, rural sociology, and youth studies.

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Sociology & Anthropology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada

    Sharada Srinivasan

About the editor

Sharada Srinivasan is Associate Professor of Development Studies and Canada Research Chair in Gender, Justice and Development at the University of Guelph, Canada. She is the Principal Investigator of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)-funded research project from which this edited collection has been developed.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Becoming A Young Farmer

  • Book Subtitle: Young People’s Pathways Into Farming: Canada, China, India and Indonesia

  • Editors: Sharada Srinivasan

  • Series Title: Rethinking Rural

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2024

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-15232-0Published: 09 November 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-15235-1Published: 16 January 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-15233-7Published: 07 November 2023

  • Series ISSN: 2730-7123

  • Series E-ISSN: 2730-7131

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXII, 444

  • Number of Illustrations: 21 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Sociology of Work, Environmental Policy, Sociology, general, Agriculture, Social Sciences, general

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