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Градското земеделие – значение на храната за изграждането на социални взаимоотношения
Urban Agriculture – the Importance of Food in Building Social Relations

Author(s): Albena Nakova-Manolova
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Family and social welfare, Human Ecology, Rural and urban sociology, Sociology of Culture, Globalization, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: urban culture; urban agriculture; quality of life; urban communities; social relations

Summary/Abstract: The article analyses the relations between man and food in terms of how the production of food in the process of practicing urban agriculture transforms into a process of building social relations – intensification of the interaction and communication between people, creating trust and mutual aid between them and establishing social communities in an urban environment. The data here presented are results of sociological research (in-depth interviews and focus groups) conducted within the project “Urban Agricultural as a Strategy for Improving the Quality of Life of theUrban Communities” funded by the National Science Fund of Bulgaria. The data refers to practices of urban agriculture on the territory of the Sofia Municipality. The emphasis in the article is placed on one of the widespread practices in the Bulgarian capital – communal/shared public gardens.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 468-487
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Bulgarian