The defining characteristics of alternative food initiatives in Ireland: a social movement battling for an alternative food future?

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dc.contributor.advisor Ward, Michael en
dc.contributor.author Murtagh, Aisling
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-23T09:30:40Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-23T09:30:40Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.date.submitted 2015
dc.identifier.citation Murtagh, A. 2015. The defining characteristics of alternative food initiatives in Ireland: a social movement battling for an alternative food future? PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 389
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/2081
dc.description.abstract Alternative food initiatives (AFIs) have been described as an attempt to change and improve aspects of how the food system operates. They are focused around more traditional, local and sustainable food production and circulation. AFIs such as farmers’ markets, allotments and community gardens, share a desire to reduce the number of steps food goes through from production to plate. The role of these initiatives in the food system, and their potential to impact real change, has however been questioned. Working to better understand this issue is a central concern of this research. To do this a two tier analysis has been deployed. The first tier involves identifying the characteristics and general dynamics of AFIs. Bourdieu’s theory of practice, and the theories of field and capital, are the concepts applied. The research then uses these findings in the second tier of analysis concerned with relating AFI characteristics and dynamics back to their key traits, positive and negative, as well as arguments made about AFI’s role identified from previous research. Another part of this second tier of analysis is exploring if AFIs, the producers, consumers, organisations and groups that make up this phenomenon, can be considered a social movement. AFIs can be referred to collectively as a social movement, but are not often explored theoretically from this perspective. AFIs in Ireland provide the empirical context for this research. A series of qualitative interviews in four areas of Ireland, as well as evidence from primary and secondary sources are analysed. The research finds that AFIs can be understood as the potential beginnings of a lifestyle social movement. Leaders are of central importance to its development. It is also found that an important role of AFIs is revitalising, supporting and contributing to food culture. en
dc.description.sponsorship Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme) en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2015, Aisling Murtagh. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Bourdieu en
dc.subject Alternative food networks en
dc.subject Alternative food initiatives en
dc.subject Farmers' markets en
dc.subject Grow your own en
dc.subject Social movements en
dc.title The defining characteristics of alternative food initiatives in Ireland: a social movement battling for an alternative food future? en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Commerce) en
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dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.contributor.funder Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Food Business and Development en
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dc.check.opt-out Not applicable en
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ucc.workflow.supervisor michael.ward@ucc.ie
dc.internal.conferring Summer Conferring 2015


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