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The social construction of the occupational roles in animal husbandry and the impact on employee selection and transfer of knowledge - a qualitative analysis

Research domain:
Organisation of agriculture

Project duration:
01.05.2014 - 30.04.2017

In Eastern Germany, farms increasingly perceive a lack of skilled workers whereby animal husbandry seems to be particularly affected. From the farms’ perspective fewer and fewer people are applying for apprenticeships and jobs in animal husbandry. Additionally it is also repeatedly complained that applicants were not sufficiently qualified. Against this background the question arises which qualifications and skills candidates and employees must have in order to be recognized as suitable. Skills are developed in vocational training processes. These occupational socialization processes and the therein mediated skills expectations are the focus of my doctoral thesis. Taking into account approaches of sociology of work and profession, the empirical analysis will aim for a comparison between pork and milk production. Participant observation and qualitative interviews will be utilized for such purpose.

Partners

  • Center for Social Research in Halle e.V. (registered association) at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany Website
  • Argricultural Company Barnstädt e.G. (registered cooperative society), Germany Website
  • Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), Germany