Home, the culture of nature and the meanings of gardens in late modernity

Bhatti, Mark and Church, Andrew (2004) Home, the culture of nature and the meanings of gardens in late modernity Housing Studies, 19 (1). pp. 37-51. ISSN 0267-3037

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The growth in the provision of gardens has been an important feature of housing in the UK during the 20th century, and yet the significance of the humble domestic garden has been neglected in studies of housing and home. This paper examines the role of the garden in the meaning of home, and draws on theoretical discussions of nature, environmental risk and social uncertainty in late modernity. Secondary empirical data is used to investigate the changing uses of gardens and practices of gardening. A survey of garden owners provides primary empirical data to examine meanings of gardens and personal experiences of nature. The paper concludes that the garden is an important site for privacy, sociability and sensual connections to nature, and these activities can be understood as negotiations and practices to address the social and environmental paradoxes of late modern life.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: garden, nature, the home
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L700 Human and Social Geography
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/0267303042000152168
Faculties: Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Environment and Technology > Society, Space and Environment
Depositing User: editor environment
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 02 May 2012 10:33
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/222

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