Social reform and allotment gardening in twentieth-century York

Wilson, R. (2012) Social reform and allotment gardening in twentieth-century York. Journal of Urban History, 38 (4). pp. 731-752. ISSN 1552-6771

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This article examines the development of allotment gardens in the northern English city of York at the start of the twentieth century. Using archive material and newspaper reports the role of the allotment gardens within wider issues of urban social reform is explored. Through Giddens’s theory of structuration, the manner in which relationships between citizens and the City Corporation of York developed is investigated. In this manner, the place of allotment gardens as a means of understanding wider urban life in Britain can be reexamined. Whilst allotment gardens have only partially featured in studies of civic reform, identity and governmentality, their place as a central feature of working class life in Britain demands that a greater focus of attention should be placed on these plots of land.

Publication Type: Articles
Uncontrolled Keywords: Allotments, Social Reform, Governance, Structuration, Land Reform, York
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Arts and Humanities > History
Depositing User: Debbie Bogard
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2013 13:16
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2018 15:19

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