Special Edited Issue in Sociologia Ruralis on Civic Food Networks
Dr. Rachel Reckinger hosted, together with Dr. Gusztáv Nemes (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies) and Dr. Veronika Lajos, University of Miskolc), three sessions about “Benefits, Challenges, Social Learning and Controversies around Local Food Systems” at the XXVIII European Society for Rural Sociology Congress “Rural futures in a complex world” (Trondheim, Norway, 25-28th June 2019). In a workshop with the authors of the presented high-level papers, we collaboratively outlined a future special issue, focusing not only on benefits, but also on structural and contextual issues that Civic Food Networks face in Europe and world-wide.
In the editorial, we will discuss common definitions of terminology and frame the understanding of ‘local’ and ‘scale’ and suggest some avenues for researchers’ transformative roles in this field.
The general orientation of the special issue will have a focus on ambivalences, dissonances, contradictions, but also opportunities for Local Food Systems/Alternative Food Networks/Civic Food Networks in a wide selection of countries (Hungary, Greece, Italy, SALSA-countries [in Northern, Eastern and South EU and in Africa], Luxembourg, Canada, Australia etc.).
Contributing chapters will focus on social learning, power and control, social movements, local economy, food security and community culture. The planned publication date will be summer 2020.