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Cultivating Social Capital in Thessaloniki: Contesting neoliberal governance on Urban Agricultural Gardens
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The economic crisis of 2008 and subsequent implementation of austerity policies in Greece has had profound negative socio-economic impacts on Greek citizens. One way people seek to improve their socio-economic conditions is through participation in community organisations that have been studied for their ability to provide access to resources and representation. Through the application of a conceptual framework that connects the concepts of Social Capital and empowerment, this thesis investigates in what ways participation in Urban Agricultural Gardens (UAGs) in Thessaloniki benefits citizens. Specifically, the research aims to identify in what ways the formation of social relationships on these organisations produces and distributes Social Capital and whether this has empowering effects on individuals. The research positions itself within an ongoing discussion in what is referred to as a ‘neoliberal transition’, where in the last two decades social movements have increasingly contested forms of neoliberal governance and sought alternative forms of social organisation. Using empirical data from two Urban Agricultural Gardens in Thessaloniki, this thesis further investigates in what ways citizen empowerment may lead to contestations of neoliberal governance. While Social Capital was found to be generated at both organisations, there were differences in the ways it was produced and distributed. Stronger social ties were formed at PERKA due to an organisational structure that was conducive to social interaction. Similarly, narratives of contestation were found to be intensified by the physical and ideational practices at the organisation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 43
Series
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 2018/15
Keywords [en]
Sustainable Development, Urban Agricultural Gardens, Social Capital, Empowerment, Neoliberal Governance, Contestation.
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-353380OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-353380DiVA, id: diva2:1217841
Subject / course
Sustainable development
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
Presentation
2018-05-31, Hambergsalen, Villavägen 16, 752 36, Uppsala, 16:26 (English)
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Available from: 2018-06-15 Created: 2018-06-13 Last updated: 2018-06-15Bibliographically approved

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