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Title: Economic and Social Diversity in Australia's Cotton Producing Communities
Contributor(s): Sorensen, Anthony  (author)orcid ; Kotey, Bernice A  (author)
Publication Date: 2009
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Abstract: Australia's highly profitable cotton industry is geographically constrained to districts in northern New South Wales and Southern Queensland. However, the rural towns servicing the industry are facing unprecedented stress on account of fierce commercial competition between them, many years of drought during the 2000s, technological innovation in cotton production, the chance occurrence of non-agricultural economic opportunities, and even ethnic composition. Our research focuses on the role of innovative small business in overcoming community stress and we have selected a small sample of six local government areas to examine this link in depth. The selection of a representative sample entailed the classification of cotton communities on the basis of their economic and social profiles and how they had evolved over the inter-census period 2001-06. This analysis surprisingly showed that cotton growing regions are highly differentiated not just at a single point in time (2006), but also in their development trajectories. This considerably complicated the process of sample selection, but also demonstrated the diversity of rural settlement.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Revija za geografijo, 4(1: Special Issue for the 17th Annual Colloquium of the IGU Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems), p. 117-126
Publisher: University of Maribor
Place of Publication: Maribor, Slovenia
ISSN: 1854-665X
Field of Research (FOR): 160401 Economic Geography
160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl Planning)
160402 Recreation, Leisure and Tourism Geography
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Category Description: C2 Non-Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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