Byhaver - "Vi siger, det er for miljøet..."

Frederikke Mundus, Christoffer Bing Mose, Ane Flåterud Johansen, Maria Würtz, Rasmus Horne Møller Nielsen, Julie Østervang Merrild Kristiansen & Ida Cecilie Guttman Gammeltoft

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Environmental issues are widely debated in todays society. In social and political debates and in the media, we observe an increasing concern about the future of the environment and the survival of the human race. Connected to this, we have observed a trend in our society that includes self-sufficiency, returning to our natural origin and reconnecting with nature. This study investigates the prior motives for participating in the city garden, Byhaven 2200, located in Copenhagen. We want to explore how active members express their environmental ethical approaches and their conscious and subconscious intentions behind these expressions. We use environmental ethics and the terms of Pierre Bourdieu named Symbolic Capital and Disinterested Act to comprehend and analyze these motives. The used theories are both sociological and philosophical. To make this methodic combination possible, we are working eclectic, using descriptive ethics and sociological terms. Through an analysis of qualitative interviews with the participants, we discovered that Cultural Capital plays an important role in achieving social recognition in the city garden. The Cultural Capital contains ethical knowledge concerning permaculture, which expresses the anthropocentric approach to Gaia. It has been complicated to achieve a complete understanding of the participants motives for joining the city garden. This is because it is difficult to divide their motives from being a conscious or subconscious search for recognition and the motive might even be a disinterested act.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato18 dec. 2014
VejledereAnders Jakobsen


  • Bourdieu
  • Byhave
  • Miljøetik
  • Interview