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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 8 (Page no: 213)

(Re)conceptualising multifunctionality.

This chapter suggests that the notion of multifunctionality can be theoretically anchored in a revised productivism/non-productivism (p/np) spectrum of decision-making. Emphasis is placed on how this new understanding of multifunctionality influences current concepts of what 'agriculture' means, as characterized by decision-making pathways along a spectrum bounded by productivist and non-productivist action and thought. A new holistic framework based on notions of 'weak', 'moderate' and 'strong' multifunctionality is suggested. To provide empirical substance for the conceptualization of different multifunctionalities, the chapter discusses how different farming systems and agricultural policies can be seen to fall into either weak, moderate or strong multifunctionality models.

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: 7 (Page no: 179) Contemporary conceptualisations of 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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