In a time of great agricultural and rural change, the notion of 'multifunctionality' has remained under-theorized and poorly linked to wider debates in the social sciences. This book analyses the extent to which the proposed transition towards post-productivist agriculture holds up to scientific scrutiny, and proposes a modified productivist/non-productivist model that better encapsulates the complexity of agricultural and rural change. By combining existing notions and concepts, this book (re)conceptualizes agricultural change, creating a new transition theory, and a new way of looking at the future of agriculture.
Geoff Wilson teaches at the University of Plymouth.
Part 1: Conceptualising Transition 1: Theorising transition 2: Transitions: Social and natural science debates 3: Reconceptualising transition: The complexity of transitory systems Part 2: From Productivist to Post-Productivist - and back again? 4: Productivist agriculture 5: Post-productivist agriculture 6: 'Post-productivism' or 'non-productivism'? Part 3: Conceptualising Multifunctional Agricultural Systems 7: Contemporary conceptualisations of multifunctionality 8: (Re)conceptualising multifunctionality 9: Multifunctional agricultural transitions