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. ISSN 00420980 (ISSN)

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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. © 2013 Urban Studies Journal Limited.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: built environment, guerrilla gardening, public space, resistance, transgression, building, political development, political participation, public space, urban politics, England, Midlands [England], United Kingdom
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA16: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Resilient Environments
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2016 13:49
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2016 13:49
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1976

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