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

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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.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: University College Plymouth St Mark & St John, Plymouth PL6 8BH. 2: School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Plymouth University, Plymouth PL4 8AA

Publication date: March 1, 2012


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