I love being in the garden: enchanting encounters in everyday life

BHATTI, GURMUKH, CHURCH, ANDREW, Claremont, Amanda and Stenner, Paul (2009) I love being in the garden: enchanting encounters in everyday life Social and Cultural Geography, 10 (1). pp. 61-76. ISSN 1464-9365

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This paper examines how the domestic garden is experienced as an intimate place in everyday life. with reference to Bachelard we seek to analyse prosaic pleasures and enchanting encounters that are revealed through multi-sensorial engagements and emotional attachments within the social/natural world. in particular we focus on three modalities of the everyday: work or tasks involved in gardening; that is, sensuous and embodied experiences explored through the notion of haptic perceptionl 'cultivation' in the sense of taking care of the garden, as well as caring for the self and others; and emotional attachments invoking body/place memories, especially of childhood gardnes. To illustrate tehse themes we use garden narratives drawn from the Mass Observation Archive (MOA).

Item Type:Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords:enchantment; gardens; narrative; Mass Observation; everyday life; haptic perception; cultivation; memory
Subjects:L000 Social Sciences
L000 Social Sciences > L900 Cultural Studies
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.1080/14649360802553202
Faculties:Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science > Health and Social Policy Research Centre
ID Code:7359
Deposited By:Converis
Deposited On:29 Sep 2010 12:06
Last Modified:14 Nov 2013 15:42

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