Solidarity Purchasing Groups as social innovators: an analysis of alternative food networks in Italy


  • Davide Arcidiacono Department of Sociology (UNICATT), Università degli Studi di Catania
  • Lara Maestripieri Institut de Govern i Politiques Publiques, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


Palabras clave:

consumismo político, cooperativas de consumo solidario, poder adquisitivo, innovación social, marginalización


La mercantilización del sector de la comida y la creciente importancia de los minoristas de masas han creado una cadena de suministro desequilibrada donde, sobre todo, los pequeños productores y los consumidores son más débiles. En contra de este escenario, en los últimos veinte años la agricultura y los mercados de proximidad se han ido situando como espacios relevantes de experimentación de prácticas sociales innovadoras con el objetivo de solucionar esta anomalía y de reequilibrar la distribución del valor en el conjunto de cadena de suministro. Las cooperativas de consumo solidario forman parte de estas experiencias innovadoras y pueden representar una de las medidas más relevantes para contrastar el poder de negociación de los minoristas de masa. No obstante, el análisis en este artículo muestra como las cooperativas de consumo solidario son innovaciones sociales que sólo consiguen parcialmente el objetivo de reducir la marginalización económica de sus proveedores al crear una cadena de suministro alternativa.

Biografía del autor/a

Davide Arcidiacono, Department of Sociology (UNICATT), Università degli Studi di Catania

Davide Arcidiacono holds a PhD in Sociology and Methods for Social Sciences, and is Researcher in Economic Sociology at the University of Catania. He is a member of the international research group the Foundational Economy Collective. He is also a member of several editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals such as the Review of European Studies, Consumatori, Diritti e Mercato, POLIS and Frontiers in Sociology. His research work focuses on the issues of digital transformation, consumerism, economic regulation and work transitions.

Lara Maestripieri, Institut de Govern i Politiques Publiques, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Lara Maestripieri holds a PhD in Sociology and Social Research. She is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at the Institute of Government and Public Policies (IGOP) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Her main research interests are labour transformation in the post-industrial society, in particular: marginalised groups in labour markets (women and young people), social innovation and emerging professions. Published articles from the social innovation research stream appear in the International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food, Partecipazione e Conflitto and the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship. 


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Arcidiacono, D., & Maestripieri, L. (2019). Solidarity Purchasing Groups as social innovators: an analysis of alternative food networks in Italy. Revista Española De Sociología, 28(3 - Sup1).