Boundary Negotiations in a Self-Organized Grassroots-Led Food Network: The Case of REKO in Finland

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dc.contributor Hanken School of Economics, Management and Organisation, Vaasa en Ehrnström-Fuentes, Maria Leipämaa-Leskinen, Hanna 2019-09-12T06:27:01Z 2019-09-12T06:27:01Z 2019-07-31
dc.identifier.citation Ehrnström-Fuentes , M & Leipämaa-Leskinen , H 2019 , ' Boundary Negotiations in a Self-Organized Grassroots-Led Food Network: The Case of REKO in Finland ' , Sustainability , vol. 11 , no. 15 , 4137 , pp. 1-22 . en
dc.identifier.issn 2071-1050
dc.identifier.other PURE: 10833061
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dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85063576308
dc.description.abstract Self-organization is a term that is increasingly used to describe how engaged citizens come together to create sustainable food systems at the local community level. Yet, there is a lack of understanding of what this self-organizing activity actually means. While previous literature has addressed self-organization as an outcome of building consensus and a collective intentionality shared by the members of a group, we focus on the complex social processes involved when people with a diverse set of interests and motivations interact in the food network. In this study, we analyze what kinds of boundary negotiations emerge when grassroots-led food networks scale up. Our embedded single case study focuses on a REKO (‘REjäl KOnsumtion’, meaning ‘fair consumption’ in English) network in Finland comprising distributed local food groups and three types of actors: consumers, producers, and local administrators. We examine a conflict that arose within the REKO network in May–June 2016 when a small group of actors demanded that all local groups should implement similar rules, principles, and ethical standards. Our findings illustrate how moral, geographic, market, and power boundaries emerge in a self-organized grassroots-led food network. We further explicate the challenges that may appear within a self-organized grassroots-led food network, as it grows in scale and scope. en
dc.format.extent 22
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Sustainability
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dc.subject 512 Business and Management en
dc.subject alternative food network en
dc.subject boundary negotiation en
dc.subject grassroots innovation en
dc.subject food ethics en
dc.subject self-organizing community en
dc.subject sustainable food en
dc.subject KOTA2019 en
dc.subject PREM2019_10 en
dc.subject 1 - Open access publication channel en
dc.subject 1 - Self archived en
dc.subject en
dc.subject 0- Ingen av författarna har en utländsk affiliation en
dc.subject 1- Publicerad utomlands en
dc.subject 0- Ingen affiliation med ett företag en
dc.subject Yes en
dc.subject 2019 en
dc.title Boundary Negotiations in a Self-Organized Grassroots-Led Food Network: The Case of REKO in Finland en
dc.type Article
dc.description.version Peer reviewed
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