Living with Yards: Negotiating Nature and the Habits of Home (Hardcover)

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Yards are not quite wild, yet rarely tamed. Across diverse residential landscapes in North America and beyond, yards are regulated by the state and markets, defined by imaginary property lines on maps, and sometimes central to privilege and exclusion.As urban life is reimagined for greater sustainability, resilience, and adaptation, Living with Yards invites readers to more fully engage with the possibilities of how we can coexist with our urban habitats. Ursula Lang uses the yard as a faceted lens through which to examine the multiple and contradictory ways people live in urban environments, and how perceptions of those environments are shaped by contemporary environmental policies and projects. Visual ethnography and narrative illustrate how inhabitants of Minneapolis live with their yards as sites of social and environmental care while also negotiating difference. Throughout, Lang’s subjects engage in diverse and creative everyday practices of cultivation and property ownership, often quite distinct from the environmental policies and projects in place.The process of reimagining cities as more sustainable and equitable must include knowledge of how people live within urban spaces. By conducting in-depth visits to more than forty yards and sharing her results, Lang provokes us to think about what else these realms of daily life might become. Living with Yards chronicles the interplay between the yard as habitat and our inhabitation of it, exploring the changes and innovations a better understanding of urban living might spark.

About the Author

Ursula Lang is a geographer affiliated with the Minnesota Design Center at the University of Minnesota.

Praise For…

“Living with Yards is a smart, innovative approach to daily living with new possibilities for urban development." Kathleen Stewart, University of Texas and author of Ordinary Affects

“Living with Yards offers a considerable measure of realistic hope for a more sustainable shared future." Peter Graham, Concordia University and author of Traces of (Un-) Sustainability: Towards a Materially Engaged Ecology of Mind
Product Details
ISBN: 9780228008569
ISBN-10: 0228008565
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Publication Date: January 15th, 2022
Pages: 216
Language: English