Contributors: Lay, Jenny (Universität Freiburg)
geb. 1980, Soziologin (M.A. Soziologie/Romanische Philologie), Doktorandin Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg zu Klimawandelkonzepten und Engagement, Stipendiatin der Deutschen Bundesumweltstiftung, engagiert in der Urban Gardening-Bewegung und beim Netzwerk Wachstumswende
Scientific paper contribution 1: Swap, share, experience: the transformative potential of socio-ecological forms of practice
The paper is co-authored by Till Westermayer
Abstract: Regarding strategies for transformation, we examine the transformative potential of socio-ecological projects. "Pioneers of change", i.e. innovative projects that do not stay in niches but shift the play of powers, encourage the degrowth transformation. When and how do such "forms of practice" become powerful instruments of transformation? Following practice theory, we understand practices as typical arrangements of images, skills, and stuff (Shove). Bundled, these arrangements become forms of practice, which are embedded in a dispositif of power (Foucault), linking interpretive patterns with doings and infrastructures. Using urban gardening and free stores as case studies we can show that our sociological approach offers criteria to identify transformative projects. In the medium term, socio-ecological forms of practice like urban gardening, free stores, repair cafés, and food banks can change the play of powers if they become stable parts of everyday routines. For this, experience-based learning, sharing and swapping, a community-based approach (and fun!) are important elements.
Scientific paper contribution 2: Building alliances in the field of food production and consumption: Urban Gardening and Community Based Agriculture
Abstract: Urban Gardening and Community Based agriculture projects give several impulses to building a social and ecological society. As they build alliances between city and agriculture, activists grow vegetables locally, combining eco-friendly use of resources with new ways of working and sharing. They aim at radically shortening the food systems of provision and want to take them into their own hands, linking production and consumption in the sense of (re)productivity. Using a practice-theory approach, this paper puts Urban Gardening and CSAs in contrast to charity-oriented allotments, to systems of provision of organic production's infrastructures and sustainable consumption. It shows the transformative potential and limits of both kinds of projects, emphasizing the specific qualities of Urban Gardening and CSA.