The craft of outdoor life: Ruskin, human/nature relations and outdoor practices today

Loynes, Christopher (2015) The craft of outdoor life: Ruskin, human/nature relations and outdoor practices today. In: Nature Connections 2016 2nd Interdisciplinary Conference: Getting Connected to Nature, 15 June 2016, University of Derby, UK. (Unpublished) Full text not available from this repository.

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John Ruskin, who lived at Brantwood on the shore of Coniston water in the latter part of his life, was an advocate for an engaged relationship with nature. He explored his ideas in his writing and in his experiments with farming, gardening and other crafts. He thought that developing a craft mediated and maintained the human nature relationship and developed sensitivities towards nature that informed us in ways our modern lives do not. In his view these were important as, without them, we would not be healthy in ourselves or care for nature so much. He was an influence on Baden Powell, inspiring him to place nature related crafts at the heart of the programme for the Scout Movement, and Arthur Leonard leading him to teach about the landscape as well as walk in it. I will consider if these ideas of Ruskin can be applied to the range of currently popular outdoor activities. These can be conceptualized into two groups; those, such as bush craft, that have traditional roots and those, such as rock climbing, which emerged as modern recreations. I will consider what ‘sensitivities’ might be engaged and by which mediating activities, whether they have relevance today and if they require facilitation to be impactful in relation to the health of humans and nature.

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Departments: Academic Departments > Science, Natural Resources & Outdoor Studies (SNROS) > Outdoor Studies
Depositing User: Christopher Loynes
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2016 13:51
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