Cultivating natures: homes and gardens in late modernity

Bhatti, Mark and Church, Andrew (2001) Cultivating natures: homes and gardens in late modernity Sociology, 35 (2). pp. 365-383. ISSN 0038-0385

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In this paper we seek to engage with contemporary environmental debates concerning human-nature relations at the everyday level. Our focus is on the domestic or home garden, which we argue is a significant locale for understanding human-nature relations. Secondary empirical data illustrate the growth of gardening and its connections to changes in housing tenure, consumption patterns and the `commodification of nature' by the garden industry. Primary empirical data on the meanings of home and garden (and gardening activities) are utilised to understand the relations between human agency and contemporary human-nature relations. The findings suggest that a variety of social and economic processes encourage utilitarian and consumerist orderings of nature in gardens. But the meanings of gardens are also structured by personal practices, often reflecting relationships with family and friends, that produce complex and personalised connections with nature that illustrate the ambiguity of human-nature relations.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: garden; home; human agency; leisure; nature; space
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L700 Human and Social Geography
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1177/S0038038501000177
Faculties: Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Environment and Technology > Society, Space and Environment
Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science
Depositing User: editor environment
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 09 May 2012 08:20

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