Rethinking resilience: home gardening, food sharing and everyday resistance. New paper by Petr Jehlička, Petr Daněk & Jan Vávra

This new paper by OpenSpace member Petr Jehlička and colleagues examines the relationship between food self-provisioning in a European context and resilience.

Petr Jehlička, Petr Daněk & Jan Vávra (2018) Rethinking resilience: home gardening, food sharing and everyday resistance, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, Revue canadienne d'études du développement, DOI: 10.1080/02255189.2018.1498325


Resilience and food self-provisioning (FSP), terms that until recently were deployed primarily in the study of livelihoods in the Global South, are now attracting attention from alternative food scholarship in the Global North. Drawing on a large-scale survey conducted in the Czech Republic, this article investigates FSP as a social resilience-enhancing set of practices. In addition to the traditional reading of FSP as a passive, defensive and crisis deflecting form of resilience, this article puts forward an alternative conceptualisation of resilience as a proactive, preventative, future oriented and transformation-enabling capacity that runs counter to the tenets of neoliberalism.


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The paper also features on Urban Food Futures blog: On home turf: resilience of localised production and informal networks