The politics of self-organisation and the social production of space in urban community gardens
Urban gardens can be contradictory places. There exists a wide range of literature celebrating their contributions to food security, well-being, and urban ecologies, as well as their more radical potentials for community self-organisation and the formation of a “counter-public”. But there is no reason to think of urban gardens as necessarily radical or progressive. In reality, they can also be deeply socially conservative.
This presentation draws on fieldwork conducted in Seville in 2016-17, exploring the politics of self-organisation and self-management in urban community gardens. I aim to discuss how processes of self-organisation both shape and are shaped by the material and spatial development of the sites, and how, by drawing on critical urban theory, we can better articulate the relationship between urban community gardens and broader urban processes.