Rural Europe Redux? Reflections on Alternative Agro-Food Networks and Paradigm Change
Article first published online: 9 FEB 2004
Volume 44, Issue 1, pages 3–16, January 2004
How to Cite
Goodman, D. (2004), Rural Europe Redux? Reflections on Alternative Agro-Food Networks and Paradigm Change. Sociologia Ruralis, 44: 3–16. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.2004.00258.x
- Issue published online: 9 FEB 2004
- Article first published online: 9 FEB 2004
This paper examines some recent analyses of alternative agro-food networks (AAFNs) and claims that these innovative modes of food provisioning are emblematic of a new rural development paradigm in Western Europe. A political-economic critique of the territorialised, farm-centric value added strategies underlying these claims suggests that this characterisation is overdrawn and premature. The neglect of the consumption side of the rural development equation also argues for a more modest assessment of AAFNs and their paradigmatic potential.