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Unfamiliar landscapes: young people and diverse outdoor experiences

Smith, Thomas Aneurin ORCID:, Pitt, Hannah ORCID: and Dunkley, Ria Ann ORCID:, eds. 2022. Unfamiliar landscapes: young people and diverse outdoor experiences. London: Palgrave Macmillan Cham. 10.1007/978-3-030-94460-5

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This book critically interrogates how young people are introduced to landscapes through environmental education, outdoor recreation, and youth-led learning, drawing on diverse examples of green, blue, outdoor, or natural landscapes. Understanding the relationships between young people and unfamiliar landscapes is vital for young people’s current and future education and wellbeing, but how landscapes and young people are socially constructed as unfamiliar is controversial and contested. Young people are constructed as unfamiliar within certain landscapes along lines of race, gender or class: this book examines the cultures of outdoor learning that perpetuate exclusions and inclusions, and how unfamiliarity is encountered, experienced, constructed, and reproduced.This interdisciplinary text, drawing on Human Geography, Education, Leisure and Heritage Studies, and Anthropology, challenges commonly-held assumptions about how and why young people are educated in unfamiliar landscapes. Practice is at the heart of this book, which features three ‘conversations with practitioners’ who draw on their personal and professional experiences. The chapters are organised into five themes: (1) The unfamiliar outdoors; (2) The unfamiliar past; (3) Embodying difference in unfamiliar landscapes; (4) Being well, and being unfamiliar; and (5) Digital and sonic encounters with unfamiliarity. Educational practitioners, researchers and students will find this book essential for taking forward more inclusive outdoor and youth-led education.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Edited Book
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham
ISBN: 9783030944599
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 09:41

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