A carrot isn't a carrot isn't a carrot : tracing value in alternative practices of food exchange

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Kallio , G 2020 , ' A carrot isn't a carrot isn't a carrot : tracing value in alternative practices of food exchange ' , Agriculture and Human Values , vol. 37 , pp. 1095-1109 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s10460-020-10113-w

Title: A carrot isn't a carrot isn't a carrot : tracing value in alternative practices of food exchange
Author: Kallio, Galina
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Ruralia Institute, Mikkeli

Date: 2020-12
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Agriculture and Human Values
ISSN: 0889-048X
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10460-020-10113-w
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/326224
Abstract: Questions of value are central to understanding alternative practices of food exchange. This study introduces a practice-based approach to value that challenges the dominant views, which capture value as either an input for or an outcome of practices of exchange (value as values, standards, or prices). Building on a longitudinal ethnographic study on food collectives, I show how value, rather than residing in something that people share, or in something that objects have, is an ideal target that continuously unfolds and evolves in action. I found that people organized their food collectives around pursuing three kinds of value-ideals, namely good food, good price and good community. These value-ideals became reproduced in food collectives through what I identified as valuing modes, by which people evaluated the goodness of food, prices and community. My analysis revealed that, while participating in food collectives in order to pursue their value-ideals, people were likely to have differing reasons for pursuing them and tended to attach different meanings to the same value-ideal. I argue that understanding how value as an ideal target is reproduced through assessing and assigning value (valuing modes) is essential in further explorations of the formation of value and in better understanding the dynamics of organizing alternative practices of food exchange.
Subject: Alternative food practices
EMBEDDEDNESS
Ethnography
FIELD
Food collectives
LOCAL FOOD
MARKET
MOVEMENT
PLACE
Practice-based approach
STANDARDS
SUSTAINABILITY
SYSTEM
VALUATION
Value
415 Other agricultural sciences
512 Business and Management
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