'We don't enjoy nature like that': youth identity and lifestyle in the countryside

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King, Katherine and Church, Andrew (2013) 'We don't enjoy nature like that': youth identity and lifestyle in the countryside Journal of Rural Studies, 31. pp. 67-76. ISSN 0743-0167

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Abstract

It is claimed that contact with nature and the countryside can bene There are concerns, however, that not only do young people encounter signi accessing these resources as part of their leisure experiences, but also they generally have less direct experience of nature. Research into youth leisure activities and their associated cultural dimensions suggests performance and enactment are an integral feature of related youth lifestyles. This paper argues that young people because past studies have not examined these interactions as part of a wider process of developing lifestyles and identities linked to youth leisure activities. Presenting the research involving a group of young people who live in urban and rural areas and who make regular use of countryside space for mountain biking, this paper shows the ways in which young people express their relations to nature and the countryside. By providing a speci leisure experience within the framework of identity and lifestyle the paper offers a more holistic understanding of how young people interact with the countryside exploring both the distinctive elements of the spaces offered by the countryside to develop symbolic ownership over space and the way inwhich, through embodied experiences and knowledges, the nature associated with these spaces is given meaning by young people.fit young people’s health and wellbeing.ficant barriers to’s engagement with nature and the countryside still remains only partly understoodfindings of primary qualitativefic focus on young people’s countryside

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Young people; Lifestyle; Identity; Leisure; Countryside; Nature
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L700 Human and Social Geography > L720 Human and Social Geography by topic > L726 Cultural Geography
F000 Physical Sciences > F800 Physical Geography and Environmental Sciences > F810 Environmental Geography
N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N222 Recreation/Leisure Management
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
L000 Social Sciences > L200 Politics > L217 Environmentalism
L000 Social Sciences
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 10 May 2013 03:01
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2015 14:36
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/11465

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