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Engström, Ida, 2011. Initiatives to establish local food systems in Sweden : a study from a social movement perspective. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development



This study aims to explore contemporary initiatives to establish local food systems in Sweden. How and why people take initiatives to establish local food systems are investigated. Of concern is how people justify their actions and which values, ideas and beliefs they act from. The study is based on empirical studies of the association Kärngårdar, the network Mykorriza and the web based forum alternativ.nu. Interview studies have been conducted on the small scale organic farm Ramsjö and the smallholding Arvidstorp. Ideas, values and beliefs connected to quality of life, finding alternatives to the present economic and bureaucratic system, aiming for sustainability and sharing of knowledge are expressed by the actors. The chosen cases are put in context of related research. Theories about social movements are applied to discuss the initiatives taken from a social movement perspective. The movement for local food systems is described as broad, fragmented and diverse, opposing the dominant industrial food systems and surrounded by a social current favouring local food systems.

Main title:Initiatives to establish local food systems in Sweden
Subtitle:a study from a social movement perspective
Authors:Engström, Ida
Supervisor:Arora Jonsson, Seema
Examiner:Bartholdson, Örjan
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2011
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM009 Rural Development and Natural Resource Management - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:local food systems, self sufficiency, social movements, collective action, natural resources management
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Agricultural research
Organization, administration and management of agricultural enterprises or farms
Rural sociology and social security
Trade, marketing and distribution
Agrarian structure
Deposited On:13 Jun 2011 10:30
Metadata Last Modified:24 Jan 2014 10:11

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