Community Gardening as Social Action

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There has been a resurgence of community gardening over the past decade with a wide range of actors seeking to get involved, from health agencies aiming to increase fruit and vegetable consumption to radical social movements searching for symbols of non-capitalist ways of relating and occupying space. Community gardens have become a focal point for local activism in which people are working to contribute to food security, question the erosion of public space, conserve and improve urban environments, develop technologies of sustainable food production, foster community engagement and create neighbourhood solidarity. Drawing on in-depth case studies and social movement theory, Claire Nettle provides a new empirical and theoretical understanding of community gardening as a site of collective social action. This provides not only a more nuanced and complete understanding of community gardening, but also highlights its potential challenges to notions of activism, community, democracy and culture.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis
Number of pages258
ISBN (Electronic)9781409455875, 9781472402349
ISBN (Print)9781409455868
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameTransforming environmental politics and policy


  • Geography
  • Politics & International Relations
  • Social Sciences
  • community gardening
  • local activism
  • food security
  • public space
  • urban environments
  • sustainable food production


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