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The Oasis of Peace? Social Perception of Urban Parks from the City-Dwellers’ Perspectives

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BINKA Bohuslav ČECH Martin ČINČERA Jan

Year of publication 2022
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Sustainability
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Faculty of Social Studies

Keywords urban parks; conflicts; sustainability; qualitative research
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Description The article focuses on the social perception of urban parks, from the perspective of city dwellers. For the analyses, eight focus groups with N = 48 participants were organized. The findings indicated urban parks as a meaningful part of the city dwellers’ place identity, who interpret them as an “oasis of peace” or “places for meeting”. The article further analyzes the conflicts emerging from the clashes of different perspectives on how urban parks should be used, what functions they should fulfil, or what characteristics they should have. The article discusses the possible implications of some of these contradictions, connected with the changing nature–culture understanding in contemporary society and the unresolved marginalization of some of the social groups.
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