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Everyday (in)justices and ordinary environmentalisms: community gardening in disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods

Milbourne, Paul ORCID: 2012. Everyday (in)justices and ordinary environmentalisms: community gardening in disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability 17 (9) , pp. 943-957. 10.1080/13549839.2011.607158

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Recent years have witnessed increased academic interest in the relations between poverty, environment and place. Studies of poverty in disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods have pointed to the contribution of despoiled local environments to social exclusion. Work in urban political ecology has highlighted the socioenvironmental hybridity of injustices in the city, bringing a political dimension to debates on urban sustainability, while research on environmental justice has directed critical attention towards the local and everyday (urban) contexts of socio-ecological forms of injustice. This paper explores the everyday spaces and mundane forms of (in)justice through a case study of community gardening in cities. Drawing on materials derived from a recent study of 18 community gardening projects in disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods in the UK, this paper highlights how these projects are using ordinary forms of environmentalism to produce new socioecological spaces of justice within the city.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Uncontrolled Keywords: environmental justice ; community gardening ; ordinary environmentalisms ; everyday spaces ; urban ; UK
Additional Information: Special Issue: Whither Rio +20?: Demanding a Politics and Practice of Socially Just Sustainability
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1354-9839
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 09:14

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