2. Urban Political Gardening

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Photo by Chiara Certomà

For more than 10 years I worked on urban gardening (including allotments, community/collective gardens, guerrilla gardening and street gardening) to establish that (1) even though urban gardens has been seen from some academia as a pimp-your-neighbourhood activity, it actually addresses and affects some of the most striking issues of our time, such as the social and spatial injustice conditions, marginalisation and deprivation; and (2) urban gardening is a first and foremost a socio-political gesture that that is performed via the mobilisation of biological material and the activation of material-semiotic networks in the space of the polis.

On this research line see, for instance:

Certomà, M. Sonderman and S. Noori (2019) Urban Gardening and the Struggles of Social and Spatial Justice, Manchester University Press; C. Tornaghi and Certomà (2018) Urban Gardening as Politics, Routledge, London; Certomà and F. Martellozzo (2019) “Cultivating justice? A critical analysis of the correlation between Critical Gardening and Spatial Injustice in Rome”, Applied Geography, 106 p. 60-70; Certomà (2011) “Critical Urban Gardening as Post-Environmentalist practice”, Local Environment, 16/1; Certomà and C.Tornaghi (2015) “Political gardening. Transforming cities and political agency”, Local Environment 20/10