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Landscapes of green domesticity
Stratford, E (1998) Landscapes of green domesticity. Social Alternatives, 17 (1). pp. 35-39. ISSN 0155-0306
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She is a Gardener. On weekends, she gets up while
everyone else is still asleep, and sneaks outside in
cut-offs and a tee-shirt, slips into her gardening
shoes and putters around the yard. With the demands of
full-time study and part-time work, child-rearing and
other commitments, they rarely go 'out there' into 'nature'
anymore. Before Lew is born, they take off at weekends
and head as far as the VW can take them, or just hang
out in the Botanic Gardens reading novels and the.
weekend papers. Now, they mostly live according to the
ferocious dictates oftime - such a scarce resource; leisure
an endangered species. She has learned to celebrate
smaller parts of 'nature in here', in her urban
environment - oikos and domos - ecology and home. So
she spends as much time as she can in the garden,
pruning this, dividing that, propagating the other,
collecting seeds from x and pulling up the spent offerings
of something that used to be recognisable as y.
|Keywords:||greening the home; story-telling; gender; environmental studies; cultural geography;|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Social Alternatives|
|Page Range:||pp. 35-39|
|Date Deposited:||06 Jun 2008 02:31|
|Last Modified:||18 Nov 2014 03:40|
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