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

Author(s): Jongerden, J., P. Swagemakers, S. Barthel
In: Spanish Journal of Rural Development
Year: 2014
Type: Journal / article
Link to centre authors: Barthel, Stephan
Full reference: Jongerden, J., P. Swagemakers, S. Barthel. 2014. Connective storylines: A relational approach to initiatives in food provisioning and green infrastructures. Spanish Journal of Rural Development 5: 7-18.

Summary

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.

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