Leisure Activities in the Outdoors
Learning, Developing and Challenging
The benefits of being outdoors in a leisure context are widely acknowledged across a range of disciplinary perspectives (including tourism, therapeutics, education and recreation). These benefits include the development of: health and wellbeing; social skills; leadership and facilitation skills; personal, emotional and reflective abilities; confidence and identity creation.
Drawing on a variety of perspectives, geographies and approaches, this book explores the opportunities that leisure in the outdoors provides for learning, developing, and challenging. The authors in this collection challenge dominant discourses of outdoor leisure through their selection of outdoor activities, theoretical approaches, and modes of representation. All offer fresh insights and thinking into how leisure in the outdoors can be understood. The book covers a range of outdoor conceptualizations that challenge the reader to think deeply and broadly about the common threads which bind the broad field of outdoor leisure together. The experiences explored in this book range from suburban outdoors to wild places, surfing to mindful reflection, and trail walking to Nordic skiing, and encompass a broad spectrum of people.
This book will appeal to outdoor scholars from a variety of contexts, including recreation, tourism, and adventure. It provides:
- original and leading research across layers of meaning attributed to and drawn from leisure experiences in the outdoors;
- value in theorizing the notions of outdoor experiences;
- a variety and scope of contexts and approaches for students to draw on when learning about the field of outdoor leisure.
Chapter 1: Introduction: Leisure activities in the outdoors.
Section 1: Outdoor leisure and wellbeing
Chapter 2: Understanding the diversity of recreational walking preferences and experiences: Casual and serious walkers in the English Lake District.
Chapter 3: Walking narratives in the outdoors: Traversing the thorny idea of healthy minds.
Chapter 4: Effects of a 5-day Nordic skiing camp on the individuals and on the group.
Chapter 5: Sharing the hero’s journey: Blog posts from the Appalachian Trail.
Section 2: Women and outdoor leisure
Chapter 6: A dialogue on asian women’s experiences in the outdoors.
Chapter 7: “We construct our worlds within these four walls”: Urban Indian women’s leisure constructions and social justice.
Chapter 8: Women's adventure guiding experiences: Challenges and opportunities.
Section 3: Outdoor leisure, children and families
Chapter 9: Theorizing family leisure in the outdoors and social connection.
Chapter 10: How bike riding kids talk about bike riding.
Chapter 11: Moving towards nature? Exploring progressive pathways to engage children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in nature-based activities.
Section 4: Facilitating and encouraging outdoor leisure
Chapter 12: A different way forward: An Ecological perspective on leadership in outdoor adventurous activity.
Chapter 13: Mindful place-based education for outdoor recreation programmers.
Chapter 14: Conclusions and Reflections