Simple Thesis Corrections!
Here’s my new update for my masters thesis as of October 12th
Abstract is below! (And yes, there are many run on sentences. But of course, that’s what we do when we enter academia and are given heinous requirements on the number of sentences allowed in an academic abstract)
Abstract. The prediction of growing global populations flocking to cities, increasing demands for more food production, the call to maintain biodiversity and the consequential 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.