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Re-assembling sustainable food cities: An exploration of translocal governance and its multiple agencies

Moragues Faus, Ana ORCID: and Sonnino, Roberta ORCID: 2019. Re-assembling sustainable food cities: An exploration of translocal governance and its multiple agencies. Urban Studies 56 (4) , pp. 778-795. 10.1177/0042098018763038

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Cities have begun to develop a more “place-based approach” to food policy that emphasizes translocal alliances. To understand how such alliances develop distinct capacities to act, in this paper we integrate key theoretical contributions from governance networks, social movements and translocal assemblages. Our analysis focuses on the activities and tools used by the UK’s Sustainable Food Cities Network to assemble local experiences, create common imaginaries and perform collective action. Through these processes, we argue, the network creates cross-scalar, collective and distributive agencies that are modifying incumbent governance dynamics. As we conclude, this raises the need to further explore how translocal configurations can develop forms of power that contest, break or reassemble the relations in the food system that are actively preventing the emergence of more sustainable foodscapes.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 0042-0980
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 February 2018
Date of Acceptance: 6 February 2018
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2022 18:23

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