Original Version of Master’s Project (See “Simple Corrections”)

by emergenceekit

This is the masters report I’ve been working on for the past year (the link below this paragraph). Please enjoy the story! ANY feedback comments/complaints (as long as it’s constructive… or I guess… even if it’s not constructive) I will gladly accept. I realize the theory and methods may be awkward for some to read. Do not worry about these sections, I’m more interested in hearing your response regarding the intro, narrative and panoramic view. enjoy the tale!

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p.s. here’s the abstract

Abstract. The prediction of growing global populations flocking to cities, increasing
demands for more food production, the call to maintain biodiversity and the interactions
of many different stakeholders elicits quite a mind-boggling medley of complexity. The
act of 'urban farming' may be a promising starting point in which to begin understanding
this complexity. This thesis strives to untangle the variables within this prediction
through a narrative approach, weaving in relationships of power in order to understand
the complexity of this 'mess,' by tracing the actions of the last urban farmers in
Stockholm Sweden. Employing Complexity Thinking, the narrative is temporally
organized in order to highlight context, purpose and motive, aiming to promote
verisimilitude through systematically assembling interpretations while supporting them
with thick details as to what 'urban farming' interpretively is. Discrepancies, connections
and contradictions from the case study are juxtaposed against one another to display
plurality of views across different scales of space and time. The case study highlights
urban farming's marginalization by illustrating historically distinct institutional shifts in
governance; drawing attention to policies and regulations, past actions and artifacts,
which, when self-organized to the present, are 'currently' reducing the farmers'
possibilities for food production, promoting instead, an arguably beautiful, yet
'unsustainable' biodiversity-and-urban-park emphasis, ignoring the appetites of the city's
rapidly growing population and the accompanying external food dependencies that grow
with it. Conclusions point to a deeper seeded issue in the founding assumption of the
scientific prediction, calling attention to contextuality, unpredictability, the problems
associated with a governing logic and/or a compressed-way-of-thinking and the general
need or willingness to appreciate the complexity of things, actions and people –
particularly people who grow or raise our food.