Narratives of agency: the hero’s journey as a construct for personal development through outdoor adventure

Loynes, Christopher (2008) Narratives of agency: the hero’s journey as a construct for personal development through outdoor adventure. In: Becker, Peter and Schirp, Jochem, (eds.) Other ways of learning: The European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning 1996-2006. BSJ, Marburg, Germany, pp. 181-192.

[thumbnail of Loynes_NarrativesOfAgency.pdf]
PDF - Published Version
Available under License CC BY-NC

Download (455kB) | Preview
Official URL:


Outdoor education uses the ‘outdoor’ space in various ways. This chapter explores some aspects of the outdoors as a fantasy space. I will compare this way of using spaces with concepts of play and storytelling and suggest that, whilst drawing on these traditions, what has developed has unique elements that suit it to the modern western world. I will describe the way in which the meta-narratives of the hero’s journey are used to create a structure in which people can explore their autonomy, power and creativity that is their agency. In particular I will discuss how the hero’s journey offers a rite of passage from youth to adult at a time when this transition has become increasingly problematic. As outdoor education has provided this opportunity largely unintentionally and unsystematically, this interpretation will help identify some weaknesses in normative provision. I will conclude by identifying ways in which the hero meta-narrative might improve practice.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: BSJ
ISBN: 9783940549037
Departments: Academic Departments > Science, Natural Resources & Outdoor Studies (SNROS) > Outdoor Studies
Additional Information: Manuscript made open access with kind permission from original publisher BSJ Marburg. This chapter is reproduced from: Koch, Josef, Rose, Lotte, Schirp, Jochem and Vieth, Jürgen, (eds.) (2003) Bewegungs: und korperorientierte ansatze in der sozialen arbeit. BSJ / Springer VS, Marburg, Germany.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 29 May 2019 14:37
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2021 08:45


Downloads per month over past year

Downloads each year

Edit Item