From Marketplace: Farmer's Markets Networks, Their Effects, and Transformational Processes


Tan H. G.

ISTANBUL UNIVERSITESI SOSYOLOJI DERGISI-ISTANBUL UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY, vol.40, no.1, pp.163-195, 2020 (ESCI) identifier

Abstract

Though different markets have different spatial and social organizations, encapsulating all of these is the notion of creating a space where production and consumption culture merge together that would enable the marketplace to produce its own unique knowledge. In this context, the market place is a very likely interface for researching food networks. The marketplace serves as a medium where information is collectively produced, stored, and spread from the past to the present, as well as an infrastructure wherever it is located. The starting point in this research article is that the marketplace is a learning space and a mirror for the production-consumption processes that allows discoveries of the different and ever-changing positions of the products on the stands and the hands that hold them. This article deciphers the transformational spatial and social processes of food production-distribution-consumption on the axis of market networks through the Pazaryerinden [From Marketplace] research project. The current outputs of the field study will be laid out in this context. The scope of the research has been carried out intensively in the Buyuk and Kucuk Menderes Basins between May and September 2018 and still continues. This study investigates the internal/external dynamics of the Tire Tuesday Market, Odemis, Saturday Market, Nazilli Thursday Market, and Karacasu Monday Market, which are not only important farmers' market in the region but are also important in Anatolia; it also examines how they have been shaped.