It was 10 years after Naming the Enemy , and I had experienced another 10 years of activism. There was no sense of being marginal, people from all politiical parties and social classes were interested, no one was accusing anyone of being a reformist, and perhaps most disorientingly, there were no cops. Once I started trying to answer her question I recognized that a lot had changed since the first time I purchased some bulk food from a coop in and first bought black raspberries from a farmers market in They also believe it offers more choice and is healthier. This market-based movement can no longer be reduced to the accumulation of individualistic expressive consumerism.
It is organizing resources and engaging political conflicts and meme-wars. It has created and supported an economy that is about ethics, integrity, and respect for land, for animals, and for farmers. And it was built in the ruins of Wall Street. In an attempt to make social theory useful and empowering, I try to translate concepts to relevant terms from popular culture.
DOOM In the alterglobalization and economic justice movements in which I participated as an activist since the early s, there was always a lot of precision and angst and conflict about ideology and about tactics. We spent most of our time and energy policing the border between radical and reformist. There was less discussion about strategy than there should have been.
Our quest was to get the ideology just right, and to make sure that everyone who worked with us also had the correct ideology. Anyone who either chose or babbled a different ideology was playing for another team. What I now believe we missed was the recognition that political ideas develop and deepen through experience in the movement. Someone who starts out concerned only about food safety may begin a journey in the Bio section of the supermarket.
But as they discuss their concerns with friends, or want to know more than the labels tell, they may discover farmers markets, get to know farmers, and become advocates for peri-urban agriculture. In other words, quests are quests. There are countless articulations of this idea.
But in a world saturated with ideas and entertaining stories, what makes an idea powerful? In my interviews with farmers and artisan producers, I ask them why people buy from them. The story is the undoing of global commodity chains, which are all about making the story invisible.
For Local Food the most important thing on the dinner table is the unfinished story, and the ethics and relationships it embodies. The meaning people are making when they make shopping or farming decisions becomes political.
Social changes sought by movements may happen less as a result of discrete confrontations and more and more durably because of slow long-term shifts in beliefs and values. In the ideology of the Left there is only one story. The main characters are The Worker and The Capitalist. Outcomes are binary: Revolution or More Capitalism.
Critics debate the wisdom of collaborating with the Union, Wife, or Worker of Color and of direct confrontations with The Police. In the Local Food movement, every farm has a story, every cheese has a story, every recipe has a story. And these stories are complex and unfinished. Avery Gordon researches histories that have been lost. She is hospitable to ghosts with unoffical stories to tell. We have tried to find a place at our table for all of these and more.
And the conversation turns to how we can learn to cook in a way that supports a global food system that is just, diverse, and secure. ELF Eyerman and Jamison explain that social movements generate new roles. The local food movement has created new archetypes of heroism.
Farmers, chefs, and butchers have become influential political leaders. ALLEN As farmers have moved into direct marketing which has not always been an easy transition in terms of resources and personality , they have produced new identities valorizing their calling, as autonomous entrepreneurs, traditional agrarians, peaceful pastoralists, stewards, husbanders, and ecologists.
Farmers are active teachers, discussing agronomy, varieties, and cooking. They are an army of bodhisattvas visiting the city. Alice Waters created the Edible Schoolyard Project. Barny Haughton created the Square Food Foundation, which provides cooking classes to elders, sex workers, and troubled youth.
The new generation of butchers are especially impressive. He works directly with farmers, even loaning them money to rebuild after fires and other problems. He has written a book, Eat Good Food, and founded a non-profit cooking education program, 18 Reasons. We love good food and think that every person has a right to eat well. Young people, even highly educated ones, are keen to learn farming, and to help build community gardens. Prior works Byrne, P. Nuclear weapon and CND. Parliamentary Affairs, 51 3 , ff. The politics of the women's movement. Parliamentary Affairs, 49 1 , 55ff.
The campaign for nuclear disarmament.
Such contradictions are well elaborated in SR theory, within the concept of cognitive polyphasia. I would like to thank Dr Phil Jones for his support as my research advisor. Schriftenreihe der Vierteljahrshefte fur Zeit-geschichte, No. Savage A. Finally, in the discussion of the links between local and supralocal environmental activism we proposed, based on prior studies, four types of expansion scenarios. Mobility as an asset or use of a place is opposite to remoteness—if a place is important for its flow capacity, its community has more power stemming from the ability to disrupt this flow. In spite of their different and often antagonistic aims and ideologies, certain social movements show similarities in structure, tactics, and other formal aspects, while other movements, although similar in their ideologies, are significantly different in other respects.
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