Karl Marx, The worker becomes all the poorer the more wealth he produces, the more his production increases in power and range. The worker becomes an ever cheaper commodity the more commodities he creates. With the increasing value of the world of things proceeds in direct proportion to the devaluation of the world of men. Labour produces not only commodities; it produces itself and the worker as a commodity -- and does so in the proportion in which it produces commodities generally.
I would also like to thank the Northey Street City Farm gardeners for their participation in the interview process. My thanks are also extended to my parents Alberto and Licia Gelsi for their moral support, to Mr Kieran Tranter, Ms Lyndall Sleep and Ms Philippa Hawke for their advice and lengthy discussions, and to Mr Robert Righton without whose computer support this thesis would have not been possible.
This chapter outlines the purpose of this thesis and its organisation, and defines some important concepts. Cultural habits significantly impact on policies and plans aimed at addressing the social, economic and material needs of people.
The engagement in consumption activities constitutes one such significant cultural habit for people in Western countries. However, due to a theoretical bias towards production, sociologists and policy makers ignore consumption as an important form of cultural activity. This thesis attempts to redress this theoretical imbalance by examining the practices of consumption of a group of Australian community gardeners.
The reason for exploring the social and cultural life of a community gardening group is to provide a site where environmentalist concerns about the impacts of consumption intersect with those social and economic relations that environmentalists are attempting to transform.
Given the scarcity of sociological research on community gardening, this thesis presents an exploratory study of one of the 38 Australian community garden and city farm groups listed by Phillips Specifically, I will explore how the community gardeners' production and consumption activities, together with the cultural and ideological representations of these come to mediate and construct the group's identity.
Community gardening as urban agriculture Community gardening is one of many forms of urban agriculture.
The theory of the Asiatic mode of production (AMP) was devised by Karl Marx around the early s. The essence of the theory has been described as "[the] suggestion that Asiatic societies were held in thrall by a despotic ruling clique, residing in central cities and directly expropriating surplus from largely autarkic and generally undifferentiated village communities". The theory of the Asiatic mode of production (AMP) was devised by Karl Marx around the early s. The essence of the theory has been described as "[the] suggestion that Asiatic societies were held in thrall by a despotic ruling clique, residing in central cities and directly expropriating surplus from largely autarkic and generally undifferentiated village communities". Practical Idea. In Hegel’s system, the Practical Idea is the penultimate stage of development of the Idea. The Absolute Idea is the unity of the Theoretical Idea and the Practical Idea. In his characteristic “upside down” way, for Hegel, theory is the criterion of truth. In the Practical Idea, Cognition (knowledge) and Volition (will or intention) are synthesised; the subjective Notion.
In order to place community gardening in its context it is necessary to have an understanding of the status of contemporary urban agriculture as a broad strategy for addressing the socio-economic and ecological impacts of food production through self-sufficiency, self-reliance and permaculture design.
Urban agriculture is the production of vegetable and animal food within urban boundaries. For instance, peri-urban agriculture broad acre commercial food production is practised on the urban fringe. Food is also grown on rooftops, in apartment gardens, and in home backyards.
Community gardens are also sites where food is grown. However, they have their own distinct social organisation. Community gardens are sites where people produce vegetables and fruit and educate the public about urban agriculture. They may be cultivated communally or subdivided into allotments cultivated by individuals.
City farms also engage in these same activities and are organised in the same way, but also rear domestic animals as food sources. As community gardens and city farms are very similar, hereafter these terms will be treated as synonymous. Community gardens are numerous in industrialised countries.
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In New York alone there are over community gardens, and Boston and San Francisco have and respectively. Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver are also similarly involved in community gardening Sommers and Smit A page in the Encyclopedia of Marxism.
Mode of Life The material and cultural environment where humans satisfy their needs for living (whether for health, food, housing or needs such as education, science, nurturing, etc.). The theory of the Asiatic mode of production (AMP) was devised by Karl Marx around the early s. The essence of the theory has been described as "[the] suggestion that Asiatic societies were held in thrall by a despotic ruling clique, residing in central cities and directly expropriating surplus from largely autarkic and generally undifferentiated village communities".
The social necessary labor thesis, which appears in the third volume of Capital rather than the first, was largely the result of Engels’ attempt to adjust for Marx’s more strict labor theory of value, which appeared most clearly in the first volume.
In the writings of Karl Marx and the Marxist theory of historical materialism, a mode of production (in German: Produktionsweise, meaning "the way of producing") is a specific combination of the following. Productive forces: these include human labour power and means of production (e.g.
tools, productive machinery, commercial and industrial buildings, other infrastructure, technical. New Criticism. A literary movement that started in the late s and s and originated in reaction to traditional criticism that new critics saw as largely concerned with matters extraneous to the text, e.g., with the biography or psychology of the author or the work's relationship to literary history.
by Emanuele John Gelsi, B.A.
(JCU), benjaminpohle.com (JCU) [email protected] March A thesis is submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Social Planning and Development in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at The University of Queensland.