Cultivating alternative spaces – Zagreb's community gardens in transition: From socialist to post-socialist perspective.

Slavuj Borčić, L., Cvitanović, M. and Lukić, A., 2016. Cultivating alternative spaces – Zagreb's community gardens in transition: From socialist to post-socialist perspective. Geoforum, 77 (December), 51 - 60.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2016.10.010

Abstract

© 2016 Elsevier Ltd. This paper provides an in-depth analysis of community gardens in a (post)socialist setting during a time of key changes in their perception and management. Community gardens in Zagreb emerged in two specific economic and socio-cultural contexts and a diachronous approach to the study of urban gardens offers a unique insight into differences and similarities reflecting and contrasting those periods. Semi-structured interviews and non-participatory observation were employed. Results show that community gardens in Zagreb are multilayered places which satisfy diverse needs of the urban residents, including home grown food, socializing, recreation, contact with the nature, and supplementation for low pensions. They can also be seen as examples of heterotopias or alternative spaces during both examined periods. In the socialist period they were secluded, private, pseudo-rural places in a semi-authoritarian, communal, and (supposedly) urban and industrial society. In post-socialist Zagreb, characterized by an uncontrolled and unplanned spatial context reliant on neoliberal market-oriented principles, social insensitivity and exclusion, the new gardens are depicted as beacons of communal involvement, grassroots movements, and the ability of citizens to stand together and make their voices heard.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0016-7185
Uncontrolled Keywords:Community gardens; Socialism; Post-socialism; Zagreb; Activism
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:25218
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:08 Dec 2016 15:17
Last Modified:08 Dec 2016 15:26

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