In Denmark, agriculture is becoming increasingly specialised, and more and more actors are becoming involved in farm decision making. These trends are more or less pronounced in other European countries as well. We therefore find that to understand modern farming systems, we have to shift the focus of analysis from individual farmers to communication and social relations. This is where Luhmann’s social systems theory can offer new insights. Firstly, it can help observe and understand the operational closure and system logic of a farming system and how this closure is produced and reproduced. Secondly, it provides a theory of functional differentiation and structural couplings that opens up for a new approach to look at sustainability by way of decoupling, recoupling and new forms of coupling.
|Title of host publication||Farming Systems : Research into the 21st Century: The New Dynamic|
|Editors||Ika Darnhofer, David Gibbon, Benoit Dedieu|
|Publisher||Springer Science+Business Media|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|