The dissertation project deals with the phenomenon of urban gardening and thereby with urban community gardens, which have emerged as a steady form of urban gardening in numerous German cities in the last 10 to 20 years. The central aim of the project is to understand the causes of the steadily growing interest in urban gardening, to investigate the potential, but also the boundaries of the urban community gardens and to develop explanatory approaches for them. Thus, due to this concern, the dissertation project results in one particular importance of the theory of practice of Pierre Bourdieu and the subsequent approaches of the automatism concept, as they allow a focus on unconscious schemes and the emergence of social structures beyond planning, intention and control. Especially with the addition of the Bourdieu habitus concept, a reconnection to the social space and thus to social distribution structures as well as the symbolic order can take place. Overall, research is piling up on the question of whether urban communinity gardens can evoke social change and how these processes, if observed, can be theorized.