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Subject/Keyword
community gardens
leisure
narrative inquiry
community
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Dubnewick, Michael J
Supervisor and department
Fox, Karen (Physical Education and Recreation)
Examining committee member and department
McDermott, Lisa (Physical Education and Recreation)
Halpenny, Elizabeth (Physical Education and Recreation)
Clandinin, Jean (Education)
Department
Physical Education and Recreation
Specialization
Recreation and Leisure Studies
Date accepted
2013-09-19T13:56:38Z
Graduation date
2013-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This autobiographical narrative inquiry takes the reader alongside my familial stories of gardening and my lived experiences across three community gardens in Edmonton. By focusing on my experiences of gardening I demonstrate the power of narrative inquiry (Clandinin & Connelly, 2000) as an approach that tends to the descriptive and paradoxical dynamics of leisure practice by providing alternative narratives to dominant conceptualizations of gardening. The institutional, community and personal narratives of gardening that wove in and through my experiences of gardening are used to show how leisures are polythetic constructions situated in contexts with people, cultures and communities (Fox & Klaiber, 2006). As the narratives in this thesis illustrate, gardeners continually negotiate tensious landscapes and stories of gardening. To ignore the rich and multivariate experiences of gardeners amongst the meta-narratives of gardening is to silence the moments of discomfort, dissent and alternatives in the diversity of lives lived.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3ST7F530
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