Community Volunteering as Neoliberal Strategy? Green Space Production in Berlin
Version of Record online: 21 APR 2011
© 2011 The Author Antipode© 2011 Editorial Board of Antipode.
Volume 44, Issue 1, pages 239–257, January 2012
How to Cite
Rosol, M. (2012), Community Volunteering as Neoliberal Strategy? Green Space Production in Berlin. Antipode, 44: 239–257. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8330.2011.00861.x
- Issue online: 23 JAN 2012
- Version of Record online: 21 APR 2011
- community gardens;
- open green spaces;
- state restructuring;
Abstract: The task for critical urban research is to analyze processes of neoliberalization “on the ground”. This paper examines—based on original empirical research—in how far the outsourcing of former local state responsibilities for public services and urban infrastructure is expressed in the promotion of community gardening in Berlin (Germany). It shows the contradictory outcomes: on the one hand, a failing strategy of outsourcing towards residents and the opening up of opportunity structures for other interests. On the other hand it shows how far the emergence of open green spaces maintained by volunteers can only be understood against the background of “roll-back” neoliberal urban politics and that their rationality cannot be separated from “roll-out neoliberalism”.