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Author Anderson, Kalli
Title Saving the world with organic potatoes: Politicized consumption at the farmers' market
book jacket
Descript 156 p
Note Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 49-02, page: 0910
Thesis (M.A.)--York University (Canada), 2010
Over the past decade, there has been a surge in interest in local and organic food in Canada. This study uses a weekly farmers market in Toronto, Canada as a focal point for a qualitative investigation into the meaning farmers' market shoppers attach to their local and organic food purchase. Through interviews, participant observation and theoretical analysis, I use the Extended Case Study Method (as described by Michael Burawoy) to investigate if, how and when the purchase of local and organic food is a form of political participation. Using a conceptual framework for the identification of political consumerism that makes a distinction between public and private motivations, I argue that consumers with public motivations for their purchases are often engaged in a meaningful and counter-hegemonic form of political participation, but that this type of participation is inconsistent, context-dependent and generally detached from traditional, collective forms of political activism
School code: 0267
Host Item Masters Abstracts International 49-02
Subject Economics, Agricultural
Political Science, General
Sociology, General
Sociology, Social Structure and Development
Alt Author York University (Canada)
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