Collective agency, non-human causality and environmental social movements: a case study of the Australian 'landcare movement'

Lockie, Stewart (2004) Collective agency, non-human causality and environmental social movements: a case study of the Australian 'landcare movement'. Journal of Sociology, 40 (1). pp. 41-57.

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Abstract

This article explores the implications for social movement theory of recent work in the sociology of scientific knowledge (SSK) that explicitly rejects dualisms between society and nature, structure and agency, and macro and micro-levels of analysis. In doing so it argues that SSK offers: (1) a theoretically useful definition of collective agency as an achievement of interaction; that is (2) sensitive to the influence of both humans and non-humans in the networks of the social; and (3) provides practical conceptual tools with which to analyse dynamics of power and agency in the ordering of networks. Applying this framework to a case study of the Australian 'landcare movement' it is argued that a range of practices have been used to enact 'action at a distance' over Australian farmers and to 'order' agricultural practices in ways that are consistent with corporate interests while minimizing opposition from conservation organizations otherwise highly critical of chemical agriculture.

Item ID: 34853
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1741-2978
Keywords: environmentalism, landcare, social movements, sociology of scientific knowledge
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2014 05:00
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960699 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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