Chapter 8 Third places and social capital: case study community gardens
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This chapter explores the literature on community gardens and the author’s recent research which investigated community gardens against third place characteristics in a range of locations in Australia and Denmark. All of the case study community gardens exhibited most or all of the eight third place characteristics and some were particularly effective third places. The theoretical framework used is social capital and more specifically, Gravonetter’s ‘weak ties’. The chapter illustrates community gardens as third places with examples from community garden literature and three of the case study community gardens investigated by the author. The findings provide insights for better design of third places and the design of community gardens, where building social capital and sense of community is a goal.

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