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Multifunctional agriculture: a transition theory perspective.

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Using a novel approach based on transition theory, this book establishes a link between multifunctionality and debates on the postulated transition towards 'post-productivism' in agriculture. It argues that multifunctionality can best be understood as a spectrum of decision-making bounded by productivist and non-productivist action and thought and this normative assessment of multifunctionality be...

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Chapter 5 (Page no: 97)

Post-productivist agriculture.

This chapter discusses conceptualizations of post-productivist agriculture which has, it is argued, superseded productivism. Section 2 assesses the dimensions of post-productivism and argues that it has been largely conceptualized as the 'mirror-image' of productivism, with associated conceptual and empirical problems. Section 3 then discusses each of the seven dimensions in detail (viz. agricultural policies, ideology, governance of rural spaces, food regimes and agro-commodity chains, agricultural production, farming techniques, and environmental impacts), and highlights debates surrounding their relative importance in conceptualizations of post-productivist agriculture. The issue of 'transition' underlying the productivist to post-productivist transition model is discussed in section 4, while section 5 provides concluding comments.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 12) Theorising transition. Author(s): Wilson, G. A.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 21) Transitions: social and natural science debates. Author(s): Wilson, G. A.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 43) Reconceptualising transition: the complexity of transitory systems. Author(s): Wilson, G. A.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 80) Productivist agriculture. Author(s): Wilson, G. A.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 113) 'Post-productivism' or 'non-productivism'? Author(s): Wilson, G. A.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 179) Contemporary conceptualisations of multifunctionality. Author(s): Wilson, G. A.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 213) (Re)conceptualising multifunctionality. Author(s): Wilson, G. A.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 271) Multifunctional agricultural transitions. Author(s): Wilson, G. A.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 321) Conclusions. Author(s): Wilson, G. A.