We are grateful to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and to the Pew Scholars Program in Conservation and Environment for support of this research. We greatly appreciate the helpful comments on earlier versions of this article provided by Charlotte Cannell, Mike Cannell, Lita Furby, Marcia Ostrom, Sue Zaeske, and several anonymous reviewers. Most importantly, we extend our heartfelt thanks to all the graziers who have taught us so much in so many ways.
Where the Grass Grows Again: Knowledge Exchange in the Sustainable Agriculture Movement1
Article first published online: 27 JAN 2010
1995 Rural Sociological Society
Volume 60, Issue 4, pages 721–740, December 1995
How to Cite
Hassanein, N. and Kloppenburg, J. R. (1995), Where the Grass Grows Again: Knowledge Exchange in the Sustainable Agriculture Movement. Rural Sociology, 60: 721–740. doi: 10.1111/j.1549-0831.1995.tb00603.x
- Issue published online: 27 JAN 2010
- Article first published online: 27 JAN 2010
Abstract Many analysts of sustainable agriculture have given considerable attention to issues of knowledge production, but in general they have not engaged social movement theory. This neglect is addressed by examining the emergence of intensive rotational grazing as a local expression of the sustainable agriculture movement. Conceptual frameworks drawn from recent contributions to social movement theory are used to describe the cognitive praxis of graziers along technological, cosmological, and organizational dimensions. Contrary to current interpretations, which emphasize the idiosyncratic character of local knowledge in agriculture, this analysis shows that through horizontal forms of organizing and information exchange, graziers overcome the limits of their personal experience and usefully share local knowledge in networks that they have forged expressly for that purpose.