Skip to main content

Possible food economies: A methodological framework for exploring food production-consumption relationships

Holloway, Lewis; Kneafsey, Moya; Venn, Laura; Cox, Rosie; Dowler, Elizabeth; Tuomainen, Helena


Profile Image

Dr Lewis Holloway
Reader in Human Geography, Programme Director (BA Geography), Chair of the Faculty of Science and Engineering Ethics Committee

Moya Kneafsey

Laura Venn

Rosie Cox

Elizabeth Dowler

Helena Tuomainen


Modes of food production-consumption defined as 'alternative' have received considerable academic attention, with studies exploring both their potential for contributing to rural development strategies and the opportunities they provide for countering established power relations in food supply systems. However, the use of the term 'alternative' as part of a persistent dualism in which it is opposed to the 'conventional' is problematic as it loses sight of the specificity of different examples food production-consumption. Based on extensive field research with a series of very different food projects, this article develops a methodological framework which structures a description of how specific examples of food production-consumption are organised with reference to a series of analytical fields. This framework retains a sense of the diversity and particularity of particular cases of production-consumption, and directs attention to the particular locations of resistance to prevalent power relations in food systems that are made possible through different food projects.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 20, 2007
Print ISSN 0038-0199
Electronic ISSN 1467-9523
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 47
Issue 1
Pages 1-19
APA6 Citation Holloway, L., Kneafsey, M., Venn, L., Cox, R., Dowler, E., & Tuomainen, H. (2007). Possible food economies: A methodological framework for exploring food production-consumption relationships. Sociologia ruralis, 47(1), 1-19. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9523.2007.00427.x
Keywords Sociology and Political Science
Publisher URL