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