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Urban Agriculture and Urban Cultural Policy

  • The publication culture on Urban Agriculture (UA) is nearly exclusively inhabited by idealist and practitioner proponents. Foremost the economics (oftentimes influenced by Marxism) dare to critique the sustainability of the movement. In short, the people that start a UA project eventually require help from their city through recognition and policy support. The full breadth of intentions of these people are principally unknown, and this hinders policy design, in turn. Investigating these rationales (using Skot-Hansens Five Es (2005)) is the scope of this paper. It identifies a number of necessary policy changes, but ultimately pinpoints that it requires the involvement of activists, NGOs, and individual UA champions to raise awareness and to participate in policy design and implementation. It is found that, in one or the other way, most UA proponents motives can be traced back to a facet of community empowerment. Amongst the variety of rationales, especially the non-capitalist culture of UA is said to further its sustainability (not just in economic terms), because it brings forth a culture that embodies the said empowerment and shapes a democratic, inclusive sharing community. Hence, UA is identified as a strategy for urban cultural regeneration.

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Author:Stefan Volkmann
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2015/04/01
Contributing Corporation:University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Humanities
Release Date:2015/04/01
Tag:northen heimsphere; policy; urban agriculture; urban culture; urban development
GND Keyword:Städtische Landwirtschaft; Staatstätigkeit; Stadtentwicklung; Nördliche Hemisphäre; Stadtkultur
Institutes:FB 3: Information und Kommunikation / Bibliotheks- und Informationsmanagement (Bachelor, Master)
DDC classes:300 Sozialwissenschaften / 300 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie, Anthropologie
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt