We work as a team really: Gender Homophilly on Australian Cotton Farms

Dale Mackrell

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Abstract

This paper is based on an ongoing study that looks at farm management practices by Australian women cotton growers using farm management software, most particularly an agricultural decision support system, CottonLOGIC. The study is informed through a theoretical framework of structu-ration theory as a metatheory for probing the recursiveness of farm management and technology usage, and diffusion of innovations theory as a lower-level theory for analysing software adoption characteristics. Empirical research indicates that effective information exchange flows from ho-mophilous communication. In this paper, the principles of homophily and heterophily in commu-nication networks were initially drawn from diffusion theory. The findings suggest that despite apparent gender disparities, the presence of empathy and shared goals between farming partners overrides gender heterophily' to become gender homophily. Therefore cotton growers are in-formed of scientific research through homophilous communication, influencing the construction and reconstruction of innovative software usage and existing farm management practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-92
Number of pages16
JournalIssues in Informing Science and Information Technology
Volume2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

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