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Градското земеделие като научно-изследователско поле: теоретико-методологическа рамка
Urban Agriculture as a Research Field: A Theoretical and Methodological Framework

Author(s): Dona Pickard, Galina Koleva, Mariana Draganova, Albena Nakova-Manolova, Emilia Chengelova
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Sociology, Social development, Human Ecology, Rural and urban sociology, Environmental interactions
Published by: Институтът по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: urban agriculture; quality of life; sustainable development; community

Summary/Abstract: This article elaborates a comprehensive theoretical model for studying urban agriculture as a strategy for improving the quality of life of urban communities. The presented theoretical framework and methodology enable comprehensively addressing and studying the multi-faceted phenomenon of urban agriculture. The authors attempt to problematize the still unfilled gap in the theory of urban agriculture. In accounting for the complexity of urban agriculture as a socio-economic and cultural phenomenon, the proposed theoretical frame includes the grounding and interlinking of basic concepts such as: urban agriculture, quality of life, sustainable development, community and urban community. With a view to greater efficiency in the study of this diverse research field, the article grounds the need to apply an interdisciplinary approach that covers the sociological, economic and ecological effects of urban agriculture practices. This is complemented by an innovative integrated socio-spatial approach that enables the use of spatial and territorial data for sociological and economic analysis.

  • Issue Year: XXVII/2018
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 60-72
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English, Bulgarian