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People, environment and place: the function and significance of human hybrid relationships at an allotment in South East England

People, environment and place: the function and significance of human hybrid relationships at an allotment in South East England

Hawkes, Frances M. and Acott, Timothy G. (2013) People, environment and place: the function and significance of human hybrid relationships at an allotment in South East England. Local Environment, 18 (10). pp. 1117-1133. ISSN 1354-9839 (Print), 1469-6711 (Online) (doi:10.1080/13549839.2013.787590)

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Abstract

Allotments are a valued part of the British cultural landscape, with benefits often associated with exercise and fresh food. However, there are other significant but less tangible values that are often implicit in green-space research, but which require further substantiation. This article sheds light on the role of allotments as places where people engage in meaningful relationships with the natural world. Drawing on in-depth qualitative data, we develop a co-constructionist understanding of the human–nature relationships which exist between plot-holders and the non-human agents they encounter. These non-human elements are implicated in formulating important social values, such as identity, knowledge and community. Furthermore, they are seen to help collapse the natural-social dualism, which is often cited as a root cause of unsustainability, and enrich the lives of plot-holders in diverse and significant ways. Advocacy for their inclusion in urban communities is discussed in relation to the development of socially and environmentally sustainable cities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: allotments, ethnography, environmental values, hybrid geography, sustainable cities
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Science
School of Science > Department of Environmental Sciences
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:26
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/11036

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