Bricolage for self-sufficiency: an analysis of alternative food networks

Grivins, Mikelis, Keech, Daniel ORCID: 0000-0003-4112-9030, Kunda, Ilona and Tisenkopfs, Talis (2017) Bricolage for self-sufficiency: an analysis of alternative food networks. Sociologia Ruralis, 57 (3). pp. 340-356. doi:10.1111/soru.12171

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In this article the bricolage concept is applied to compare the organisational dynamics of two alternative food networks (AFNs) in Riga and Bristol respectively. It is argued that bricolage is a useful concept to understand the dynamics of AFNs. The concept “bricolage” refers to the free use of any materials at hand. Bricoleurs accept that these materials might not be ideal, but nevertheless use them as long as they offer characteristics that help to reach the AFN goals (which, for the AFNs featured in this article, are establishing a functioning farmers’ market, and founding a market garden). Such use of “what fits” and “what’s at hand” may lead to new and unexpected ways how these initiatives operate. The article argues that bricolage is a liberating concept in the organisational study of AFNs because it frames them as characteristically dynamic and constantly active in relation to changes in local contexts. Bricolage thus helps determine the nature of AFN dynamism.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Food
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Eloise Fresnay
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2017 13:45
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2022 10:47

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