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Ghallab, Reham, 2024. Cultivating connections: exploring the impact of community garden on social cohesion : in a socio-economic disadvantaged neighbourhood in Sweden. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development



The study delves into the interplay between the social dynamics of the community garden space and broader socio-political forces, exploring how these factors mold practices and interactions within the community garden, thereby influencing social cohesion. Despite the apparent segregation, Tensta Garden serves as a catalyst, inspiring residents to construct relationships, actively participate, and cultivate connections and shared experiences.

The research underscores that, although minoritized communities may grapple with substantial negative consequences arising from socio-spatial exclusion from mainstream Swedish society, their neighbourhood is often perceived as a secure haven. Through everyday activities, residents mobilize to promote social cohesion and nurture a profound sense of belonging.

However, it's crucial to recognize that while community gardens have their merits, they cannot be seen as a panacea for addressing issues like unequal access to social networks. Instead, they should be viewed as an integral component of a more comprehensive strategy that commences at the grassroots level within communities. This approach acknowledges that significant change could begin within communities and does not downplay segregation. Rather, it recognizes that segregation is rooted in structural inequalities, discrimination, and political decisions.

Despite the challenges posed by the physical segregation of minorities, neighbourhoods dominated by minority populations can serve as safe spaces for them, drive positive change, and ultimately contribute to progress. In essence, these areas have the potential to benefit segregated populations, emphasizing the need for a multifaceted approach to address complex societal issues.

Main title:Cultivating connections: exploring the impact of community garden on social cohesion
Subtitle:in a socio-economic disadvantaged neighbourhood in Sweden
Authors:Ghallab, Reham
Supervisor:Yigit Turan, Burcu and Gallagher, Andrew
Examiner:Butler, Andrew and Bergame, Nathalie
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2024
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:LM009 Landscape Architecture for Sustainable Urbanisation - Master's Programme, 120.0 hp
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:Social cohesion, social capital, community garden, socio-economic neighbourhoods, segregation
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Landscape architecture
Deposited On:12 Mar 2024 08:03
Metadata Last Modified:13 Mar 2024 02:00

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