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dc.contributor.authorSayre, Nathan F.
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-05T21:15:58Z
dc.date.available2020-09-05T21:15:58Z
dc.date.issued2004-11-01
dc.identifier.citationSayre, N. F. (2004). Viewpoint: The need for qualitative research to understand ranch management. Journal of Range Management, 57(6), 668-674.
dc.identifier.issn0022-409X
dc.identifier.doi10.2111/1551-5028(2004)057[0668:VTNFQR]2.0.CO;2
dc.identifier.doi10.2307/4004026
dc.identifier.doi10.2458/azu_jrm_v57i6_sayre
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/643224
dc.description.abstractThe use and management of rangelands involves both ecological and social processes, and it is in the interaction of these that conservation is or is not achieved. Overall, the ecological dimensions of rangelands and rangeland management have been studied in greater detail and are better understood than the social dimensions. This paper argues that qualitative methods are necessary to understand the management of rangelands by ranchers. Existing studies using quantitative methods have found little correlation between ranchers' management practices and a variety of social factors. One consistent finding of these studies, however, is that profit is a secondary or insignificant motivation among ranchers, casting doubt on the premise that economic self-interest motivates ranchers to embrace improved management practices. The theoretical and methodological implications of this finding have not been adequately recognized in rangeland science. With its greater flexibility and attention to context, qualitative research can reveal social, historical, political, and economic factors that affect ranch management but have eluded quantitative studies. In addition, qualitative methods are better suited to capturing both the processes that generate ranchers' “mental models” and the historical information needed in light of recent theoretical advances in rangeland ecology. Suggestions for future research on ranch management include conducting case studies of smaller areas over longer temporal periods, focusing on interactions among ranchers, giving ranchers a greater role in identifying research needs, studying urbanization and other “new” rangeland issues, and drawing on research about pastoralist societies elsewhere.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherSociety for Range Management
dc.relation.urlhttps://rangelands.org/
dc.rightsCopyright © Society for Range Management.
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
dc.subjectland use change
dc.subjectqualitative research methods
dc.subjectmental models
dc.subjectranchers
dc.subjectranch management
dc.subjectsocial processes
dc.subjectsustainability
dc.titleViewpoint: The Need for Qualitative Research to Understand Ranch Management
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dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Range Management
dc.description.collectioninformationThe Journal of Range Management archives are made available by the Society for Range Management and the University of Arizona Libraries. Contact lbry-journals@email.arizona.edu for further information.
dc.eprint.versionFinal published version
dc.description.admin-noteMigrated from OJS platform August 2020
dc.source.volume57
dc.source.issue6
dc.source.beginpage668-674
refterms.dateFOA2020-09-05T21:15:59Z


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