This thesis uses a feminist approach to research relationality in the Netherlands, specifically in the farming and eating practices of organic and biodynamic farmers. We ask how these farmers are challenging the binaries inherent to Anthropocentric ways of understanding the world and disembodied ways of being in it. This is necessary if we want to contribute to agrarian transformations that move away from monocultures of farming and singular ways understanding our existence, towards more socially and ecologically just ways of producing and eating food. To achieve this, the researcher aimed to co-construct knowledge that included different narratives, which was achieved by carefully working together with and listening to the farmers, who are the experts behind this research. Doing this allowed for their stories to be at the basis of this thesis, which helped exploring different ways of writing and doing academic work. Throughout this process, food was the lens through which writing was rethought and it was the starting point to ask questions about relationality and the different social dynamics that exist at farms in the Netherlands.

Additional Metadata
Keywords Anthropocentrism, Eating, Feminism, Food, Humans, Other-than-humans, Relationality
Thesis Advisor Harcourt, Wendy
Persistent URL
Series Social Justice Perspectives (SJP)
Nooijer, Rosa de. (2019, December 20). Relationality in The Netherlands: Exploring How Organic and Biodynamic Farmers Build Relations Through Food. Social Justice Perspectives (SJP). Retrieved from