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Connective storylines: a relational approach to initiatives in food provisioning and green infrastructures

Jongerden, J., Swagemakers, P., Barthel, S.

Short title: Connective storylines

Debates about the design and management of ecosystem services and interweaving of rural and urban spaces in metropolitan regions raise questions about how to conceptualize “the local”. Rather than presupposing spatial settings or identities as rural-urban or local-global, attention here shifts to the immediacy of connections and relations. Conceptualized in terms of activity space, this paper presents a relational analysis and a practice oriented approach. To illustrate the approach, we overview three case studies in food provisioning and show how an analysis in terms of a set of spatially organized activities can generate new insights.

Jongerden, J. Rural Sociology Group, Department of Social Sciences, Wageningen University, Hollandseweg 1, 6706 KN Wageningen, the Netherlands. Joost.Jongerden@wur.nl

Swagemakers, P. Grupo de Investigación de Agroecología y Agricultura Ecológica (GIEEA, Research Group in Ecological Economics and Agroecology), Faculty of Economic & Business Sciences, University of Vigo, Lagoas-Marcosende, 36310 Vigo, Spain

Barthel, S. Stockholm Resilience Centre / Department of History, Stockholm University, SE-10691 Stockholm, Sweden

Spanish Journal of Rural Development, Vol. V (Special 1): 7-18, 2014
Copyright © 2014 Ignacio J. Díaz-Maroto Hidalgo
DOI: 10.5261/2014.ESP1.02