Differing Developments of Organic Agriculture in Canada and Sweden : The Experiences of the Farmers Themselves

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-02-29
  • Publisher: Edwin Mellen Pr
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This work examines the move towards organic agriculture as an example of social change which can best be understood as the result of three factors: nature, social structure, and human agency. The focus of the discussion is on understanding the forces which have produced the concern for agricultural sustainability in Canada and Sweden.

Author Biography

Darrell McLaughlin is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan.

Table of Contents

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Everyday Sources of Social Changep. 1
From Determinism to Agency: Theories of Social Changep. 19
Methodological Consideration and Research Design: An Ethnographer's Pathp. 45
Accounting for the Role of Nature in Social Change: Ecological Consciousnessp. 63
Accounting for the Role of Macro Structures in Social Change: Resources and Constraintsp. 89
Accounting for the Role of the Micro-Structural Features in Social Change: Mediating Economic and Social Relationsp. 127
Making Differences and Making a Difference: Agents and Agencyp. 169
Making Agriculture Sustainablep. 199
Conclusion: Understanding Social Changep. 223
Glossaryp. 235
Appendix Ap. 239
Appendix Bp. 241
Appendix Cp. 243
Appendix Dp. 245
Bibliographyp. 247
Indexp. 263
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