Grant: $457,220 - National Science Foundation - Aug. 19, 2009
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Award Description: One Movement or Two? Moral Logics and Food Action Networks in the Alternative Agrifoods Movement. The research project funded will investigate the cultural processes (moral logics) of food action networks of the alternative agrifoods movement (!local food movement!) of North Carolina using the ethnographic, spatial-analytic and documentary methods of sociocultural anthropology. The PIs hypothesize that the cultural processes of this movement is composed of elements from two social movements connected to food, the sustainable agriculture movement and the community food security movement, hence the title of the project. Project research will be undertaken in four locales in North Carolina, as well as at the home University of the project, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Four Research Associates who are Ph.D. students will be hired through the University, one for each of the four locales, where they will reside temporarily. For this reason, Chapel Hill is stated as the largest funding action venue. In addition, field research assistants who are residents of the four Research locales (Charlotte, North Carolina; Durham, North Carolina; Edgecombe/Halifax/Martin counties, North Carolina; Watauga/Avery/Ash counties, North Carolina) will be hired for part-time work. These locales constitute the remaining funding action venues of the project The expected outcomes of the project will be the discovery of new knowledge regarding the structures and the cultural practices and discourses (moral logics) of food action networks, as these networks face neoliberal constraints imposed on their movement activities by partners in the public-private partnerships in which they are involved in these four locales, and by generalization to the state of North Carolina and to the nation as a whole.
Project Description: The overall purpose of the funded project is to investigate the cultural processes (moral logics) of food action networks of the alternative agrifoods movement (!local food movement!) of North Carolina using the ethnographic, spatial-analytic and documentary methods of sociocultural anthropology. The overall purpose of project activity during the current quarter is to undertake initial secondary historical and social science research on the alternative agrifoods movement in North Carolina, and in each of the four locales of research; locate a research office at the University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill; undertake initial interviews of research Associates; and otherwise establish project facilities and infrastructure preliminary to the active research phase. Because project funding was secured only 5 weeks prior to this reporting date, as yet no project deliverables are available.
Jobs Summary: None as yet. During active research phase of project, there will be 4 research Associates who collect data relevant to the project's goals; for field research assistants residing in each of the 4 locales who will serve to collect data and as liaison with local food action networks; and 1 clerical assistant who will maintain records for the project. (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Not Started
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