The Urban Gardens of Havana

Seeking Revolutionary Plants in Ideologized Spaces

  • Ola Plonska
  • Younes Saramifar

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Ola Plonska, Younes Saramifar
    Pages 1-7
  3. Ola Plonska, Younes Saramifar
    Pages 9-34
  4. Ola Plonska, Younes Saramifar
    Pages 35-60
  5. Ola Plonska, Younes Saramifar
    Pages 61-87
  6. Ola Plonska, Younes Saramifar
    Pages 89-92
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 93-101

About this book


This book relates stories of everyday life revolving around small-scale urban gardens in Central Havana and focusing particularly on that of Marcelo, a seventy-four-year-old revolutionary and gardener. The urban gardens are contested spaces: though monitored and controlled by Cuban state institutions, they also offer possibilities of crafting life in resistance. The experiences the authors narrate are not ‘thick descriptions,’ linked to larger political issues, but rather rhizomatic observations that highlight the relationships between humans and non-humans within the nature-culture debate. Using these experiences, the authors argue that ‘the political’ reaches beyond the affairs of state and governance and should be seen as an all-encompassing part of life. The authors thereby invite the social sciences to focus on the microscopic and the day-to-day to illuminate how the political affairs of lives can be imagined differently.


Cuban agriculture Actor-Network theory social control lived experiences Foucault heterotopias moments of freedom everyday life cultural anthropology Latin America state control

Authors and affiliations

  • Ola Plonska
    • 1
  • Younes Saramifar
    • 2
  1. 1.Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-12656-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-12657-5
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