Welcome to the Sociology of Agriculture and Food Research and Interest Group (SAFRIG)

About Us:

SAFRIG consists of a community of scholars interested in the study of issues related to related to agriculture and food, including but not limited to labor and production processes, distribution and markets, structures of inequality (race, gender, class), states and policy, knowledge and technology, and global and local change.

2018 SAFRIG Paper Award Winner
Florence A. Becot, The Ohio State University
Disentangling French and U.S. Farmers’ Health Needs and Access to Care: An Application of Bourdieu’s Theory of Practice

2019 SAFRIG Student Paper Award

The Sociology of Agriculture and Food Research Interest Group (SAFRIG) will present a Student Paper Award in Richmond at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society. Requirements for this award include that the paper:

1) Is authored by a student or group of students (no faculty co-authors)

2) Focuses on an agrifood topic

3) Uses the Rural Sociology journal guidelines for style, formatting, and references

Papers will be particularly competitive if they demonstrate effective use of innovative theories, methods, and/or attention to unique geographic, cultural, and political contexts. Submissions for the Student Paper Award competition can be under initial review at a peer-reviewed journal, but cannot be already accepted (in press) or published in a peer-reviewed journal. In order to compete, all authors must be members of the Rural Sociological Society. The winner(s) will receive a certificate and monetary award. The winner(s) must present the paper at the RSS Annual Meeting in 2019. The award will be presented during the SAFRIG Business Meeting at the 2019 conference. Submissions for this competition should be sent as an e-mail attachment by May 15, 2019 to Dani Deemer at [email protected].

Special Issue: 

Cooperative Longevity: Why are So Many Cooperatives So Successful?

Message from the Guest Editors

Despite popular misconceptions, cooperatives present a very successful organizational form worldwide. A recent study found that, in the U.S., for example, among the companies that have survived for over 100 years, more than 80 firms are cooperatives. This observation on cooperative longevity is not matched by a corresponding research e4ort on what makes cooperatives so successful. Most of the extant research seems to focus on intracooperative problems that posit significant challenges to cooperatives. This Special Issue of Sustainability aims at bridging the considerable gap between scholarly work and reality. By focusing on what makes cooperatives so successful for such a long period of time, this issue will shed light on key aspects of cooperative longevity. The insights thereby gained will be useful to students of cooperatives, practitioners, and policy makers. We are primarily interested in the social science approaches to the study of cooperatives. The unit of analysis can be either the cooperative or the member. Theoretical, conceptual, and empirical papers are welcome as long as they do not make heroic assumptions.

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Chair: Ethan Schoolman
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Chair-Elect: Florence Becot
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Past Meetings

SAFRIG Annual Business Meeting Minutes 2009

SAFRIG Annual Business Meeting Minutes 2010

SAFRIG Annual Business Meeting Minutes 2011

SAFRIG Annual Business Meeting Minutes 2012

SAFRIG Annual Business Meeting Minutes 2013

SAFRIG Annual Business Meeting Minutes 2015