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Observing guerrillas in the wild: Reinterpreting practices of urban guerrilla gardening

Adams, D and Hardman, M 2014, 'Observing guerrillas in the wild: Reinterpreting practices of urban guerrilla gardening' , Urban Studies, 51 (6) , pp. 1103-1119.

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Abstract

Despite an emerging literature on guerrilla gardening as a political practice in public spaces, with few exceptions, these accounts theorise it as working against many corporate and bureaucratic forms of power. Using the example of ‘F Troop’—a group of gardeners operating on a site in an English midland city—this paper focuses on the practices of urban guerrilla gardening in order to illustrate that these are perhaps not as ‘resistant’ or ‘celebratory’ as previous accounts have suggested. Rather, this paper draws on ethnographic data to focus attention on the micro politics of garden activism, arguing that the social backgrounds and motivations of those involved in guerrilla gardening and their relationship with other users of the space surrounding the dig site are also important—but largely underacknowledged—aspects of guerrilla gardening.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Health and Wellbeing
Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Urban Studies
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0042-0980
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: M Hardman
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2015 12:10
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 13:13
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/33301

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