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Girls' 'safety' in unfamiliar landscapes: the necessity of non-hegemonic femininities

MacBride-Stewart, Sara ORCID: 2022. Girls' 'safety' in unfamiliar landscapes: the necessity of non-hegemonic femininities. Smith, Thomas Aneurin, Pitt, Hannah and Dunkley, Ria Ann, eds. Unfamiliar Landscapes: Young People and Diverse Outdoor Experiences, Palgrave Macmillan Cham, pp. 309-335. (10.1007/978-3-030-94460-5_13)

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This chapter presents the findings from go-along, walking interviews conducted with teenage girls, visiting a National Park for the first time to participate in a geocaching activity (run by Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, Wales, UK). The chapter asks: How do girls, deemed as inaccessible users of large park spaces, experience an activity in that space? What role does the concept of ‘unfamiliar landscapes’—defined as encounters with what is inaccessible and unknown—play in representing these spaces as unsafe, and what kind of adjustments do girls themselves need to make in becoming knowing, skilled and pleasurable users of such spaces? The findings show that young girls encounter protected landscapes as spaces of inaccessibility that is challenging for traditional femininities, requiring new and hybrid forms of femininities. These alternatives do however provide space for new pleasures and exploration of inaccessible landscapes.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham
ISBN: 978-3-030-94459-9
Funders: Cardiff University
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 15:30

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