SEMINAR - ‘I am pleased to shop somewhere that is fighting the supermarkets a little bit’. A cultural political economy of alternative food networks
Speaker:  Dr. David Watts, University of Aberdeen

Date/Time:   Wednesday, 25 April 2018 (14.00-15.00)

Location: Room No: SW104, Strathclyde Business School, Strathclyde University, 199 Cathedral Street, Glasgow, G4 0QU


Dr. Watts will present his recently published paper. The paper examines consumers’ involvement with local alternative food networks. It uses cultural political economy as a framework to analyse talk data from semi-structured interviews with 40 respondents and food purchase data recorded by 20 respondents over two weeks. Talk data reveal that interviewees construe conventional and alternative food networks differently based on values relating to food quality judgements, provenance and trust, and alternativeness. Food purchase data show the extent of respondents’ material engagement with alternative and conventional food networks. The paper finds that respondents value alternative food networks for their alterity, but that their use of them is tempered by issues of food quality and the extent to which they fit with other activities. Its main conclusions are that alternative food networks provide economic ideas and practices from which it might be possible to think and perform the economy differently, and that the concept ‘alternative’ remains useful.

This is a free seminar however space is limited so please contact Katy Gordon to book your place.

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