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Record number 520501
Title Making Sense of Sustainability: A Practice Theories Approach to Buying Food
Author(s) Brons, Anke; Oosterveer, P.J.M.
Source Sustainability 9 (2017)3. - ISSN 2071-1050 - 15 p.
DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/su9030467
Department(s) Environmental Policy
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2017
Keyword(s) sustainable consumption - food access - practice theories
Abstract In light of global climate change the relevance of sustainable food consumption is growing, yet access to it has not correspondingly developed. This paper addresses the issue of accessing sustainable food from a practice theories perspective. The case of students in Paris is examined by means of interviews and participant observation. Four indicators serve to structure the results, i.e., mode of recruitment, mode of engagement, degree of commitment, and bundles of practices. Based on this analysis, three types are constructed, each with distinct access issues. We conclude that access to sustainable food is not necessarily determined by financial means only, nor by individual attitudes, but should be analysed as embedded in the complex dynamics of multiple social practices. Building on these insights means that more attention for the actual practice of accessing sustainable food, the different elements, and bundles involved is needed when looking for ways to increase access to sustainable food.
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