Beyond the farm gate: production-consumption networks and agri-food research

Lockie, Stewart, and Kitto, Simon (2000) Beyond the farm gate: production-consumption networks and agri-food research. Sociologia Ruralis, 40 (1). pp. 3-19.

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The term agri-food research has become a convenient shorthand term to describe anexpansion of sociological interest over the last 20 or so years in the relationships between agricultural production and: increasingly industrialized networks of food production, processing, distribution and retailing; the development of transnationalized modes of regulation and governance; environmental discourse, policy and social movements; and competing understandings and uses of 'rural' space. This paper critically reviews two theoretical approaches that have challenged the dominant theoretical trends that have underpinned this reorientation of the 'rural' social research agenda actor-network theory and vertical analysis. It is argued that applications of both approaches have frequently failed to transcend the very shortcomings they identify in agri-food studies, and suggestions are made as to how production-consumption relationships may be more adequately theorized and investigated.

Item ID: 34851
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1467-9523
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2016 22:54
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960601 Economic Incentives for Environmental Protection @ 40%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960707 Trade and Environment @ 60%
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