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The transformative power of commoning and alternative food networks

Zhang, Joy Yueyue, Barr, Michael (2019) The transformative power of commoning and alternative food networks. Environmental Politics, 28 (4). pp. 771-789. ISSN 0964-4016. E-ISSN 1743-8934. (doi:10.1080/09644016.2018.1513210) (KAR id:68568)

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A commoning framework offers a critical lens to fully appreciate the scope and impact of alternative food networks (AFNs). Fieldwork from an AFN in southern China is drawn upon to show how commoning enacts changes in how members contextualise and anchor their social relations to one another with regards to sourcing food as a commons. A commoning framework gives a fuller picture of how the constitutive effects of AFNs reside not in their introduction of a new uniformity but in their navigation of the multiplicity of the social through its proposition and co-construction of a new ‘cognitive praxis’.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/09644016.2018.1513210
Projects: Governing Scientific Accountability in China
Uncontrolled keywords: the commons; commoning; alternative food networks (AFNs); social mobilisation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council (
Depositing User: Joy Y Zhang
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2018 07:55 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 19:51 UTC
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