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What makes organic agriculture move - protest, meaning or market? A polyocular approach to the dynamics and governance of organic agriculture

Alrøe, Hugo Fjelsted and Noe, Egon (2008) What makes organic agriculture move - protest, meaning or market? A polyocular approach to the dynamics and governance of organic agriculture. International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology (IJARGE), 7 (1/2), pp. 5-22.

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Many different actors have hopes and aspirations for the future of organic agriculture. They have different perspectives on organic agriculture with different understandings of what it is and what makes it move. Each perspective entails a certain understanding of organic agriculture featuring certain concepts and values and a particular logic or rationality. It is important to acknowledge this heterogeneity when investigating the dynamics and governance of organic agriculture. We suggest a polyocular approach that facilitates a comprehensive and balanced understanding of organic agriculture by enabling us to handle different perspectives reflexively. To illustrate this approach we describe three significant perspectives on organic agriculture based on protest, meaning and market. No perspective is the ‘right’ one and, we claim, different perspectives on organic agriculture cannot be merged to one. We hope that polyocularity as a general analytical tool, and the three specific perspectives, will be helpful in understanding the future development of organic agriculture and how it may be influenced.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:organic farming, regulation, perspectives, reflexive, actor network, semiotics, conventionalisation, values
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Values, standards and certification
Research affiliation: European Union > Organic Revision
Denmark > AU - Aarhus University > AU, DJF - Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
Denmark > DARCOF III (2005-2010) > KoorForm - Coordination and communication of DARCOF III
Related Links:http://www.organic-revision.org
Deposited By: Alrøe, Ph.D. Hugo Fjelsted
ID Code:8084
Deposited On:07 Apr 2006
Last Modified:11 Jul 2012 08:18
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:Paper forthcoming in IJARGE special issue on ”Continuity and change in organic farming – philosophy, practice and policy” (Guest editors: Ika Darnhofer, Markus Schermer and Walter Schneeberger. Expected publishing date: first issue of 2008.

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