Native, heritage and rare breed poultry farming in Italy and Australia: a degrowth solution for alternative futures?

Domenico Volpicella

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

This research, based on twelve months of ethnographic work in Italy and Australia, delves into the embodiment of degrowth principles among native, heritage, and rare poultry breed farmers. These farmers exemplify degrowth in practice through reduced environmental footprints, promoting sustainable practices, and fostering more respectful relationships with non-human animals. They also foster self-sufficiency, conviviality, and alternative economies while prioritizing well-being over materialism. However, they face significant challenges within the profit-driven agri-food system, highlighting the complexities of implementing degrowth. This study sheds light on the potential for degrowth in poultry production while revealing the system’s enduring grip on these farmers’ livelihoods.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Gressier, Catie, Supervisor
  • Acciaioli, Greg, Supervisor
  • Bray, Heather, Supervisor
Award date5 Mar 2024
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023

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