Bearing all their faults away

Bearing all their faults away. Scapegoats in agriculture. Susan Atkinson, Agriculture and Theology Project, 2011.


This paper considers ‘farming scapegoats’ – not in order to take our turn in blame games, but because there are important lessons.  The chosen scapegoats are the unjustly blamed and suffer severe consequences, whilst the real causes of a problem remain undiscovered, or unacknowledged and therefore unremedied.  That, of course, goes a long way to ensure that the problem will recur.  Looking ahead, the challenge and complexities of climate change will offer many opportunities for scapegoating – pouring blame on the weak or inarticulate rather than confronting real problems and possibly powerful interests or cherished illusions.

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