Wilder wanderers

Hoban, John (2022) Wilder wanderers. Masters dissertation, University of Cumbria. Item availability may be restricted.

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The concept of Rewilding as a form of land management (or non-management) emerged from the US environmental movement in the 1990s and has since become established as a land-use option for land managers and as an environmental movement in itself. Within the UK, Rewilding often relates to upland areas where people have traditionally undertaken expeditions on various scales. This study examines those people who expedition in Rewilded landscapes to understand how and why they are different to expeditioners anywhere else and at any other time. The study uses a phenomenological methodology and conducted unstructured interviews with members of the public at five Rewilded sites within the UK. It discusses what the climate crisis, social media and personal identity, and connections with nature all mean for expeditioning and how societal changes are influencing those expeditioners in their purposes, ethics and aesthetic preferences. This understanding is useful for landscape managers or anyone else who might interact with these expeditioners, as well as for both advocates and opponents of the Rewilding movement. The dissertation proposes further research to find better language relating to Rewilding and also ways in which the acrimony that often surrounds the subject might be reduced.

Item Type: Thesis/Dissertation (Masters)
Departments: Institute of Science and Environment > Outdoor Studies
Additional Information: Dissertation submitted in part fulfilment of the requirements of the degree of Masters of Arts in Outdoor and Experiential Learning, University of Cumbria, August 2022, 16,184 words.
Depositing User: Heather Prince
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2022 10:00
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 13:46
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6677
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