Agricultural shows, connectivity and families of choice

Westwood, Caroline and Gibbeson, Carolyn (2022) Agricultural shows, connectivity and families of choice. In: Family Events: Practices, Displays and Intimacies. Routledge Critical Event Studies Research Series . Taylor & Francis, London, pp. 223-238. ISBN 9780367507725, 9781003051190

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Agricultural shows are long-established key events and the highlight of the farming calendar. They are a space to display livestock, and showcase mechanical, technological and skills innovations, with many visitors attending these events on an annual basis. They are characterised as places of ritual, engrained within rural society. As with all gatherings of people, agricultural shows allow for new ties to be formed and existing relationships strengthened. These events remain a significant platform, a place in society, a ‘community hub’ for farming families to connect with like-minded people. Despite their multifaceted significance, agricultural events remain relatively understudied in the literature. This chapter explores the ‘familial’ relationships which exist within the context of agricultural events, and how these events act as a conduit for (farming) families to connect and develop a sense of belonging and affinity within an ‘extended’ family network and to, therefore, develop the concept of ‘families of choice’.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2022 11:11
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2023 03:30

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