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Title Between the local and the global : confronting complexity in the contemporary agri-food sector / edited by Terry Marsden and Jonathan Murdoch.
Imprint Amsterdam ; Oxford : Elsevier JAI, 2006.
Edition 1st ed.

Series Research in rural sociology and development, 1057-1922 ; v. 12
Research in rural sociology and development ; v. 12.
Subject Agriculture -- Economic aspects.
Food industry and trade.
Globalization -- Economic aspects.
Alt Name Marsden, Terry.
Murdoch, Jonathan.
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 358 pages) : illustrations, map.
Edition 1st ed.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Summary The volume presents a range of critical perspectives on the contemporary agri-food sector. The starting point is the recognition that geography matters in agri-food more than ever, and it plays a diverse range of roles in shaping production-consumption relations. With hindsight, it may be argued that the extensive rural sociological literature on the globalisation of food over the past twenty years has tended to over-emphasise the degree to which food products and processes have indeed been industrialised and standardised. But if diversity and variety have become increasingly significant in distinguishing food commodities, spaces of production, and the practices of consumption, how are we to critically understand and theorise this complexity? What are the features of the institutional, private, public and civic frameworks that work to promote and sustain diversity and complexity in the international food sector both within and between the global and the local? What new or reconfigured sets of power relations are developing through the unfolding of this complexity; and what do these suggest for the sustainability or vulnerability of rural locales and natures? Through the two sections of the book - first concerning theorising complexity, and the second, problematising local development and local complexities - and bringing together under this theme international theoretical and empirical comparisons, the book begins to explore this rich rural sociological and development field. The chapters examine in detail the ways that constellations of organisations, cultures and entrepreneurial practices become embedded in discrete spatial areas. They show the importance of these areas and their associated institutions to the contemporary, and increasingly contingent development of the international food system. Both sections of the volume take a critical perspective when examining the agri-food sector, exploring the sociological and developmental impact of the contemporary food sector.
Contents Network theories and political economy : from attrition to convergence? / John Wilkinson -- Differentiated standardization, standardized differentiation : the complexity of the global agrifood system / Maki Hatanaka, Carmen Bain, Lawrence Busch -- Audit cultures and the antipodes : the implications of EurepGAP for New Zealand and Australian agri-food industries / Hugh Campbell, Geoffrey Lawrence, Kiah Smith -- Neoliberalism and the problem of space : competing rationalities of governance in fair trade and mainstream agri-environmental networks / Stewart Lockie, Michael Goodman -- Post-rural processes in wealthy rural areas : hybrid networks and symbolic capital / Gianluca Brunori -- Highlighting the retro side of innovation and its potential for regime change in agriculture / Marian Stuiver -- The dynamics of local development : from hunger to quality food cases from northeastern Brazil / Josefa Salete Barbosa Cavalcanti -- Slow food's presidia : what do small producers do with big retailers? / Maria Fonte -- Just values or just value? Remaking the local in agro-food studies / E. Melanie DuPuis, David Goodman, Jill Harrison -- Exploring dimensions of qualities in food / Egil Petter Straete, Terry Marsden -- Alternative food networks in the south west of England : towards a new agrarian eco-economy? / Roberta Sonnino, Terry Marsden -- The strategic turn of organic farming in Europe : from a resource based to an entrepreneurial approach of organic marketing initiatives / Bertil Sylvander, Nathalie Schieb-Bienfait.
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ISBN 9781849504171 (electronic bk.)
1849504172 (electronic bk.)
008046341X (electronic bk.)
9780080463414 (electronic bk.)
0080463363 (electronic bk.)
9780080463360 (electronic bk.)
9780762313174 (hbk.)
076231317X (hbk.)
076231317X (Cloth)
ISBN/ISSN X5-158356
OCLC # 122380301
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Additional Format Print version: Between the local and the global. 1st ed. Amsterdam ; Oxford : Elsevier JAI, 2006 076231317X 9780762313174 (OCoLC)68771095