In the Italian journal Meridiana, I published a new article taken from the EU Funded Project CRESSI entitled “La dimensione territoriale dell’innovazione sociale. Il caso dei gruppi di acquisto solidale“. The article studies the impact of the geographical context on the activities of the Solidarity Purchasing Groups, which I already defined as one of the most interesting cases of social innovation in alternative food networks in Italy.
In the article I compare the three elements characterizing SPGs (cognitive frames, networks and institutions) by taking in account two territorial dimensions: the urban/rural divide and the economic vulnerability of the region in which they are active. It is quite interesting to highlight that urban and affluent contexts favor the political consumerism dimensions of the groups, while a localization in a rural and vulnerable context favors the proximity with producers.