'Dig in' to social capital : community gardens as mechanisms for growing urban social connectedness

Kingsley, Jonathan 'Yotti' and Townsend, Mardie 2006, 'Dig in' to social capital : community gardens as mechanisms for growing urban social connectedness, Urban policy and research: an Australian and New Zealand guide to urban affairs, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 525-537, doi: 10.1080/08111140601035200.

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Title 'Dig in' to social capital : community gardens as mechanisms for growing urban social connectedness
Author(s) Kingsley, Jonathan 'Yotti'
Townsend, Mardie
Journal name Urban policy and research: an Australian and New Zealand guide to urban affairs
Volume number 24
Issue number 4
Start page 525
End page 537
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2006-12
ISSN 0811-1146
1476-7244
Keyword(s) social capital
networks
community gardens
Summary This article reports on research undertaken with members of a Melbourne urban community garden to explore the extent to which such a natural amenity provides opportunities for enhancing social capital. It is apparent even from this small qualitative study that membership of 'Dig In' community garden offers many benefits to its members. These benefits include increased social cohesion (the sharing of values enabling identification of common aims and the sharing of codes of behaviour governing relationships), social support (having people to turn to in times of crisis) and social connections (the development of social bonds and networks). However, the study indicates that, at least in the early stages of development, such benefits do not necessarily extend beyond the garden setting. This raises a question about the time required to develop high levels of social capital, and points to the need for further research into 'time' and 'space' aspects of community gardens.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/08111140601035200
Field of Research 160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2006, Taylor & Francis
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