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    Contesting the politics of place: urban gardening in Dublin and Belfast

    Corcoran, Mary (2019) Contesting the politics of place: urban gardening in Dublin and Belfast. In: Urban Gardening as Politics. Routledge. ISBN 9781315210889

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    Social exclusion and social polarization are characteristic of many cities where “urban space, while it is functionally and economically shared, is socially segregated and culturally differentiated” ( Robins 1993 , p. 313). Against this backdrop research shows that public and voluntary bodies operating in the civil society sphere can play a crucial role in fostering better social relations, integration, and social cohesion ( Vertovec 2007 ). Recent literature suggests that a “shared politics of place” attained through joint activities which acknowledge difference and promote inclusion, foster social integration and provide people with a means to practice cooperation ( Baumann 1996 ; Sanjek 1998 ; Sennett 2012 ). Such a shared politics of place is most likely to occur in the context of public space conceptualized broadly as “the setting for everyday spatial behaviour of individuals and communities, emphasizing ordinary activities of citizens” ( Lownsbrough and Beunderman 2007 , p. 8). In this chapter we investigate the extent to which a shared politics of place can be created and nurtured amongst the cultivating citizenry, and the implications of that for urban equity and sustainability.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Keywords: Contesting; politics; place; Urban gardening; Dublin; Belfast;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 17080
    Depositing User: Prof. Mary Corcoran
    Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2023 13:53
    Publisher: Routledge
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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