From Desk to Field: Countering Agrourbanism’s “Paper Landscapes” Through Phenomenology, Thick Description, and Immersive Walking

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From Desk to Field: Countering Agrourbanism’s “Paper Landscapes” Through Phenomenology, Thick Description, and Immersive Walking


  • Robert France Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences, Dalhousie University, Canada


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Abstract:  The primary focus of the urban agriculture literature has been on landscapes as biophysical spaces in which to grow food rather than on them as humanized places in which to grow experience. There is a need to leave the desk behind and enter the field to invigorate case study descriptions through the reflexive tool of narrative scholarship.

Keywords:  landscape phenomenology; thick description; walking methodology

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/up.v7i2.5591


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