UNMAKING: a research programme on the disruption of capitalism in societal transformation to sustainability

Publications

New publication: Initiating transformation within a Dutch grassroots agri-food initiative: An analysis of social processes

van Oers, L., Smessaert, J., Feola, G., (in press). Initiating transformation within a Dutch grassroots agri-food initiative: An analysis of social processes. Sociologia Ruralis. This article brings new empirical evidence and nuanced reflections on the social processes of transformation within grassroots agri-food initiatives that propose relocalised, decentralised and autonomous ways of organising around food systems….

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New publication: Transforming labour around food? the experience of community supported agriculture in Italy

Rossi, A., Piccoli, A., Feola, G. (in press). Transforming labour around food? the experience of community supported agriculture in Italy Agriculture and Human Values. Abstract.  This study examines the strategies developed by Italian Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) initiatives to de-commodify, de-instrumentalise and de-monetise labour in their attempt to prefigure alternatives to dominant capitalist agri-food systems. To do…

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New paper: Becoming‐Interdependent: Democratic Praxis In‐Against‐and‐Beyond Capitalism in Agrifood Collectives

Smessaert, J., Feola, G., (in press). Becoming-interdependent: democratic praxis in-against-and-beyond capitalism in agrifood collectives. Antipode. Abstract. This paper contributes to debates on autonomous geographies by fore-grounding and analysing democratic praxis in two grassroots agrifood collectives to interrogate the ways in which it constitutes a vehicle for postcapitalist transformation. We focus on the negotiation and (re)distribution of power…

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Why a toolkit on anti-racism and diversity in Community Supported Agriculture?

By Leonie Guerrero Lara and Julia Spanier  Alternative food movements are white spaces Alternative food movements have been repeatedly called out for being primarily white spaces, particularly from scholars and activists in the US-American context (Slocum 2006; Guthman 2008). The term white spaces does not only refer to ‘the presence of pale-skinned bodies’ (Alkon and…

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New paper: Selective, reciprocal and quiet: lessons from rural queer empowerment in community-supported agriculture

Raj, G. (in press). Selective, reciprocal and quiet: Lessons from rural queer empowerment in community-supported agriculture. Agriculture and Human Values.   Abstract. Rural queer studies, viewed through the lens of relational agriculture, offer critiques of heteropatriarchal norms in farming and highlight strategies used by queer farmers to manoeuvre discrimination and thrive in rural areas. This…

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New publication on regime destabilisation in agriculture

Frank, L., Feola., G., Schäpke, N., 2024. Assessing regime destabilisation through policy change: An analysis of agricultural policy in the United Kingdom during Brexit. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 50, 100810.   Abstract In sustainability transitions research, the deliberate destabilisation of socio-technical regimes is increasingly recognised as a central intervention point. Absent, however, are granular approaches for assessing…

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New publication on power in transformation to postcapitalist work relations in community–supported agriculture

Raj, G., Feola, G. & Runhaar, H. Work in progress: power in transformation to postcapitalist work relations in community–supported agriculture. Agriculture and Human Values (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10460-023-10486-8   Abstract. Community-supported agriculture (CSA) initiatives are spaces where diverse work relations are performed. From a postcapitalist perspective, these initiatives attempt to create alternative-capitalist and non-capitalist work relations next to…

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New publication on the potential for a coalition between degrowth and community-supported agriculture in Germany

Spanier, J., Guerrero Lara, L., Feola, G., (in press). A one-sided love affair? On the potential for a coalition between degrowth and community-supported agriculture in Germany. Agriculture and Human Values, DOI: 10.1007/s10460-023-10462-2 Abstract: Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is a grassroots response to the threat the global industrial agri-food system poses to smallholders. The degrowth community, calling for a…

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Jacob Smessaert and Julia Spanier publish essay in Undisciplined Environments

Jacob Smessaert and Julia Spanier published an essay in the Political Ecology platform Undisciplined Environments. The essay, titled ‘What can degrowth bring to food system transformation beyond capitalism?‘ discusses the following questions: Can degrowth theory contribute valuable new perspectives to the thinking and doing of food system transformations beyond capitalism in the Global North? Or…

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New published paper by Jacob Smessaert

Yesterday Jacob Smessaert and Giuseppe Feola published a new paper in Environmental Values with the title “Beyond Statism and Deliberation: Questioning Ecological Democracy through Eco-Anarchism and Cosmopolitics”. The paper can be found with this link: https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/whp/ev/pre-prints/content-whp_ev_3565    

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