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Confluences of human and physical geography research on the outdoors: an introduction to the special section on ‘Exploring the outdoors’

Couper, Pauline and Yarwood, Richard (2012) Confluences of human and physical geography research on the outdoors: an introduction to the special section on ‘Exploring the outdoors’. Area, 44 (1). pp. 2-6.

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Abstract

Keywords:

outdoors;fieldwork;human geography;physical geography;exploration;affective

This special section of Area demonstrates the multiple ways that geographers engage with the outdoors. Human and physical geographers have pursued different paths of academic research on the outdoors, ranging from ‘objective’ empirical epistemologies to understandings of outdoor spaces as socially constructed. The special section highlights that more-than-representational accounts and more-than-scientific encounters have the potential to bridge human and physical geographies and lead to new understandings of the outdoors. In this editorial overview we argue for the outdoors as a site of boundary crossing between human and physical, and between ‘academic’ and ‘explorer’, geographies.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4762.2011.01053.x
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
School/Department: School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/1341

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