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From the Social to the Economic and Beyond? A Relational Approach to the Historical Development of Danish Organic Food Networks

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The organic movement has its roots in a critical attitude towards the capitalist development
of farming and food systems and constitutes in that sense an alternative to conventional
food systems. The article aims at exploring which meaning the notions of
‘alternative' and ‘conventional' carry, using the historical development of organic food in
Denmark as an example. From the 1970s and onwards, organic food networks in
Denmark have evolved from being primarily a marginal social movement to becoming
included in the market mainstream. The social and spatial settings for organic food
networks in Denmark have thus been significantly altered. Using debates on the conventionalisation
of organic food systems as the starting point, it is argued in this article
that this development in Denmark can be interpreted from a relational perspective as an
ongoing process of establishing organisational innovations, which transcends established
dichotomies between notions like alternative and mainstream.
TidsskriftSociologia Ruralis
Sider (fra-til)151-171
Antal sider20
StatusUdgivet - 2009

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