Association, sociability, and civic culture: The democratic effect of community gardening

Troy D. Glover, Kimberly J. Shinew, Diana C. Parry

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The purpose of this study was to compare the democratic values of community garden leaders and non-leaders with the intent to understand the democratic effects of participation in community gardening. The results support Putnam's (2000) assertion that the intensity of membership in voluntary associations is important to the development of democratic citizens. Moreover the findings reveal the salience of context, namely a leisure-oriented context, in imbuing democratic values. Time spent in a community garden was a stronger albeit weak, predictor of political citizenship orientations than was time spent talking and visiting with other community gardeners, which implied the significance of the garden space and its public sphere effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-92
Number of pages18
JournalLeisure Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2005


  • Community gardening
  • Democratic effects
  • Sociability
  • Social capital
  • Voluntary associations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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