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'I love being in the garden': enchanting encounters in everyday life

Bhatti, Mark; Church, Andrew; Claremont, Amanda and Stenner, Paul (2009). 'I love being in the garden': enchanting encounters in everyday life. Social & Cultural Geography, 10(1) pp. 61–76.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14649360802553202
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Abstract

This paper examines how the domestic garden is experienced as an intimate place in everyday life. With reference to Bachelard we seek to analyse prosaic pleasures and enchanting encounters that are revealed through multi-sensorial engagements and emotional attachments within the social/natural world. In particular we focus on three modalities of the everyday: work or tasks involved in gardening; that is, sensuous and embodied experiences explored through the notion of haptic perception; ‘cultivation’ in the sense of taking care of the garden, as well as caring for the self and others; and emotional attachments invoking body/place memories, especially of childhood gardens. To illustrate these themes we use garden narratives drawn from the Mass Observation Archive (MOA).

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1470-1197
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetAHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council)
Keywords: enchantment; gardens; narrative; Mass Observation Archive; everyday life; haptic perception; cultivation; memory
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Psychology in the Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 30645
Depositing User: Paul Stenner
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2012 10:48
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2014 14:01
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/30645
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