Fight the Future! How the Contemporary Campaigns of the UK Organic Movement Have Arisen from their Composting of the Past

Reed, Matt (2001) Fight the Future! How the Contemporary Campaigns of the UK Organic Movement Have Arisen from their Composting of the Past. Sociologia Ruralis, 41 (1). pp. 131-145. ISSN 0038-0199

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Abstract

This paper explores the discourse of the British organic movement and the elements of continuity that stem from the early part of the twentieth century. Using political discourse analysis the paper tracks the emergence of the discourse of organic farming from a shared concern about the soil in the 1930s. These elements are combined in a formal structure in the late 1940s, with the Soil Association being formed. The new Soil Association resolved its internal tensions by agreeing on a programme of scientific research that was ultimately unsuccessful. This stagnation was ended in the early 1970s with the mutation of the discourse, which emphasized the moral superiority of organic farming. The paper contends that many of the current positions and projects of Soil Association can be traced to recurrences within the discourse.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Computing and Applied Sciences > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2014 19:34
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2016 12:36
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/572

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