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

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


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Professor Lewis Holloway
Professor of Human Geography, Director of Research (School of Environmental Science), 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.


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.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 31, 2007
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
Keywords Sociology and Political Science
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