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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 7 (Page no: 179)

Contemporary conceptualisations of multifunctionality.

This chapter discusses contemporary conceptualizations of 'multifunctionality' and 'multifunctional agriculture'. It shows that despite crucial advances in current debates on multifunctionality from different disciplinary vantage points (economistic, policy-based, and holistic interpretations), the concept still suffers from vagueness, poor conceptualization, and weak interlinkages with wider theoretical frameworks of agricultural change.

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: 5 (Page no: 97) Post-productivist agriculture. Author(s): Wilson, G. A.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 113) 'Post-productivism' or 'non-productivism'? 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.

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