Urban Community Gardens as Spaces of Citizenship
Version of Record online: 17 JAN 2014
© 2014 The Author. Antipode © 2014 Antipode Foundation Ltd.
Volume 46, Issue 4, pages 1092–1112, September 2014
How to Cite
Ghose, R. and Pettygrove, M. (2014), Urban Community Gardens as Spaces of Citizenship. Antipode, 46: 1092–1112. doi: 10.1111/anti.12077
- Issue online: 8 AUG 2014
- Version of Record online: 17 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 9 SEP 2013
- Manuscript Received: 3 DEC 2012
- urban agriculture;
- collaborative governance;
- citizen participation
A growing body of literature conceptualizes urban agriculture and community gardens as spaces of democratic citizenship and radical political practice. Urban community gardens are lauded as spaces through which residents can alleviate food insecurity and claim rights to the city. However, discussions of citizenship practice more broadly challenge the notion that citizen participation is inherently transformative or empowering, particularly in the context of neoliberal economic restructuring. This paper investigates urban community gardens as spaces of citizenship through a case study of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It examines the impacts of community gardens on citizenship practice and the effects of volunteerism on the development of community gardens. It explores how grassroots community gardens simultaneously contest and reinforce local neoliberal policies. This research contributes empirically and theoretically to scholarship on urban food movements, neoliberal urbanization, collaborative governance, and citizenship practice.