The socio‐material practices of the transformation of urban food markets

Focusing on the recent transformation of urban food markets in the UK, this paper, written by Jonathan Everts, Peter Jackson and Kim Anna Juraschek, applies a practice theory perspective to analyse the social practices involved in the making and doing of urban food markets.

Based on fieldwork in Barnsley and Sheffield, the authors identified three sets of interrelated practices that are involved in the transformation of urban markets: economic diversification, “traditionalisation”, and technological innovation.

From that, the authors described these practices as socio-material in the sense that they involve the practices of buying and selling, and other forms of social interaction, combined with the foodstuffs, infrastructure, and other material things that together constitute the contemporary marketplace.

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