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Trust in food in modern and late-modern societies
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2008 (English)In: Social Science Information, ISSN 0539-0184, E-ISSN 1461-7412, Vol. 47, no 1, 99-128 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article investigates how mainstream social theories of trust can help us understand how trust in food is produced and maintained in modern and late or postmodern societies. In the first part of the article three theoretical bases for trust in food are identified and discussed – emotional, habitual and reflexive trust. Special focus is given to habitual trust and four different bases for habitual trust – community, rational organisation, policy and systems of knowledge – are explored and their importance for trust in food is discussed. In the second part of the article the author discusses how these bases come together in producing trust in food in traditional, modern and late or postmodern societies respectively. Finally he argues that certification schemes can be perceived of as a technique for producing trust in food particularly well suited for late modern or postmodern societies.

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London: Sage publications , 2008. Vol. 47, no 1, 99-128 p.
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Certification schemes, food, modernity, sociology, trust
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-32413DOI: 10.1177/0539018407085751ISI: 000253825400005OAI: diva2:280416
Available from: 2009-12-09 Created: 2009-12-09 Last updated: 2012-02-22Bibliographically approved

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