Conflation in political gardening:
concepts and practice
Lucy Rose Wright and Ross Fraser Young
This chapter introduces the re-emerging political characteristic of urban gardening
(UG) (Certomà and Tornaghi, 2015). Our contribution presents an understanding
of the importance process has for a group seeking spatial justice through engagement in UG. The garden’s local political environment shapes the process by which
a group seeks to tackle localised spatial injustice. Spatial justice refers to ‘an intentional and focused emphasis on the spatial
This chapter examines the contribution that G.H. Mead’s conception of the self can make to understanding political subjectivity, and it deploys this approach in a case study of urban politics in the UK. Mead was a key figure in the development of pragmatist psychology and philosophy. He powerfully argued that there can be no self, consciousness of self or communication separate from society ( Mead, 1934 ). His work has profound implications for thinking about human agency, and in this chapter I explore the potential impact of his ideas on
Politics, social movements
According to Resnick (1998), the politics of cyberspace can be conceptualised in three distinct ways: politics within cyberspace – involving the internal operation of cyberspace and those who are online; politics which
impacts upon cyberspace – the policies and legislation which affect cyberspace; and political uses of cyberspace – how the technology is used to affect
political life offline. All three aspects need to be taken into consideration
for they are all intertwined and all of them impact upon environmentalists
International political economy
and global social change
Political economy is concerned with the historically constituted frameworks or structures within which political and economic activity takes
place. It stands back from the apparent fixity of the present to ask how
the existing structures came into being and how they may be changing,
or how they may be induced to change. In this sense, political economy is
critical theory. (Cox, 1995: 32)
he field of IPE is inextricably bound up with understandings of global
social transformation. Indeed, for many
The politics of cyberspace is of importance both for the future use of computer-mediated communication (CMC) and within traditional political arenas, commerce and society itself. Within Britain there are many different political groups that have a presence online and utilise CMC, including for example members of the far right, human rights advocates, religious groups and environmental activists. This book examines the relationship between the strategies of environmental activist movements in Britain and their use of CMC. It explores how environmental activists negotiate the tensions and embrace the opportunities of CMC, and analyses the consequences of their actions for the forms and processes of environmental politics. It serves as a disjuncture from some broader critiques of the implications of CMC for society as a whole, concentrating on unpacking what CMC means for activists engaged in social change. Within this broad aim there are three specific objectives. It first evaluates how CMC provides opportunities for political expression and mobilization. Second, the book examines whether CMC use has different implications for established environmental lobbying organisations than it does for the non-hierarchical fluid networks of direct action groups. Third, it elucidates the influence of CMC on campaign strategies and consequently on business, government and regulatory responses to environmental activism.
This book examines how material systems such as transportation, energy and
housing form the basis of human freedom. It begins by explaining this linkage by
defining reliance systems, the basic way in which we become free to act not only
as a result of our bodily capabilities or the absence of barriers but because of
collectively produced systems. As virtually all of us rely on such systems –
water, food, energy, healthcare, etc. – for freedom, the book argues that they
must form the centre of a twenty-first-century politics. Rather than envisioning
a healthier politics of reliance systems exclusively through rights or justice
or deliberative democracy, we argue that they must become the centre of a new
social contract. More specifically, we discuss the politics of reliance systems
as a set of spatial contracts. Spatial contracts are the full set of politics
governing any given system, and as such they are historically, geographically
and system specific. In order to fully understand spatial contracts, we develop
an analytical framework focused on three areas. Seeing like a system shows how
systems thinking can enable us to avoid ideological approaches to understanding
given spatial contracts, repurposing key ideas from mainstream and heterodox
economics. Seeing like a settlement shows how systems come together in space to
form human settlements, and exposes key political divides between urban and
rural, and formal and informal. Adapting Iris Marion Young’s five faces of
oppression enables an understanding of the specific ways in which reliance
systems can be exploitative.
Ireland is a turbulent place. This book engages readers with the contours of transformation of Irish society through a series of distinct episodes and sites where change can be confronted. The content of the book intersects with the boom and bust themes to explore the economic and social implications of the recession. The processes are as diverse as cross-border development, farming knowledges, food movements, and the evolution of traditional Irish music. The modernisation of Irish society during the Celtic Tiger and its subsequent demise was a 'spatial drama' involving transformation in the material landscape and the imaginative representation of the island. The first part of the book explores the revolving intersections of identity politics with place. It tracks the discovery of the ghost estate and the ways in which it has been implicated in debates about the Irish economic crash, complicating ideas of home and community. After a discussion on immigration, the book discusses the role of migrants in filling labour and skill shortages. The second part pays attention to questions of mobility and consumption in urban and rural contexts. The new Irish motorway network, free time, leisure and holidaying in the lives of lone parents during the Celtic Tiger, and the role of National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) are discussed. The third part explores diverse cultural practices and some longstanding representations of Ireland. An autobiographical tour of the pub session, National Geographic's representations of Irish landscape and the current Irish imagination are the key concepts of this part.
Bringing fresh insights to the contemporary globalization debate, this text reveals the social and political contests that give ‘global’ its meaning, by examining the contested nature of globalization as it is expressed in the restructuring of work. The book rejects conventional explanations of globalization as a process that automatically leads to transformations in working lives, or as a project that is strategically designed to bring about lean and flexible forms of production, and advances an understanding of the social practices that constitute global change. Through case studies that span from the labour flexibility debates in Britain and Germany to the strategies and tactics of corporations and workers, it examines how globalization is interpreted and experienced in everyday life and argues that contestation has become a central feature of the practices that enable or confound global restructuring.
It is increasingly clear that, alongside the spectacular forms of justice activism, the actually existing just city results from different everyday practices of performative politics that produce transformative trajectories and alternative realities in response to particular injustices in situated contexts. The massive diffusion of urban gardening practices (including allotments, community gardens, guerrilla gardening and the multiple, inventive forms of gardening the city) deserve special attention as experiential learning and in-becoming responses to spatial politics, able to articulate different forms of power and resistance to the current state of unequal distribution of benefits and burdens in the urban space. While advancing their socio-environmental claims, urban gardeners make evident that the physical disposition of living beings and non-living things can both determine and perpetuate injustices or create justice spaces. In so doing, urban gardeners question the inequality-biased structuring and functioning of social formations (most notably urban deprivation, lack of public decision and engagement, and marginalisation processes); and conversely create (or allow the creation of) spaces of justice in contemporary cities. This book presents a selection of contributions investigating the possibility and capability of urban gardeners to effectively tackle spatial injustice; and it offers the readers sound, theoretically grounded reflections on the topic. Building upon on-the-field experiences in European cities, it presents a wide range of engaged scholarly researches that investigate whether, how and to what extent urban gardening is able to contrast inequalities and disparities in living conditions.
This book explores contemporary urban experiences connected to practices of sharing and collaboration. Part of a growing discussion on the cultural meaning and the politics of urban commons, it uses examples from Europe and Latin America to support the view that a world of mutual support and urban solidarity is emerging today in, against, and beyond existing societies of inequality. In such a world, people experience the potentialities of emancipation activated by concrete forms of space commoning. By focusing on concrete collective experiences of urban space appropriation and participatory design experiments this book traces differing, but potentially compatible, trajectories through which common space (or space-as-commons) becomes an important factor in social change. In the everydayness of self-organized neighborhoods, in the struggles for justice in occupied public spaces, in the emergence of “territories in resistance,” and in dissident artistic practices of collaborative creation, collective inventiveness produces fragments of an emancipated society.