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Employing a ‘plurality of theories’ to examine rural social change

Diane Luhrs, Monash University: Abstract Social change in any setting can be examined through various theoretical perspectives, thereby creating knowledge dependent on the particular perspectives employed. However, complex social phenomena may not be amenable to examination through a single theoretical perspective. For my recently completed PhD thesis on the social change phenomena of intergenerational family […]

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Resilience, farming, and fairness in northern Australia

Keith Noble, James Cook University & Insideout Architects: Abstract Options for development in northern Australia range from extensive agriculture through to conservation management, but policy decisions will need to include the endemic knowledge of the landscape and its rural industries possessed by residents, while being politically and socially accepted by Australians who live elsewhere. Northern […]

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Implications of the rise of egoism for altruistic social participation

Bill Calcutt, University of Wollongong Doctoral research being conducted under the auspices of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre into the primary motives for volunteering in emergency services in Australia has highlighted the potential broader implications of evolving social values for traditional forms of altruistic civic engagement. Volunteers are the lifeblood of emergency […]

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