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Record number 404167
Title Transformation and sustainability in agriculture : connecting practice with social theory
Author(s) Vellema, S.
Source Wageningen : Wageningen Academic Publishers - ISBN 9789086861613 - 167
Department(s) Technology and Agrarian Development
LEI MARKT & K - Duurzame Handel en Ketenvorming
WASS
Publication type Book or proceedings aimed at a professional audience (editor)
Publication year 2011
Keyword(s) landbouw - voedselproductie - sociale verandering - gevalsanalyse - landbouwbeleid - agriculture - food production - social change - case studies - agricultural policy
Categories Social Change / Innovation Studies (General)
Abstract Public pressure and societal changes induce interventions and policies, which aim to transform agriculture and food provision. This book shows that for upscaling novel practices and organizational models it is important to include meso-level regime aspects in analysis and practice. The argument presented is that our understanding of the human and social dimensions of transformation processes can be enriched by anchoring practice and policy in social theory. A focus on transitions offers a clear view on the direction and velocity of change. This publication aims to complement this by highlighting theoretical insights in the social or institutional mechanisms enabling or hindering change. Essays on a selection of theorists, varying from idealist or materialist accounts, to actor or system approaches, examine what the presented explanatory framework on social change offers in terms of guidance for intervention and action. The value of these theoretical insights is further explored in a selection of case studies in agriculture and food: rural reconstruction in horticulture and livestock, seed supply systems, and pest control. Each case study systematically applies six theoretical frameworks with the purpose of investigating what novel insights arise from looking at the change process from a particular perspective. Through this exercise the often implicit assumptions of hands-on change processes surface.
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