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‘A walk among the gum trees’: bushwalking, place and self-narrative


Banham, R, A walk among the gum trees': bushwalking, place and self-narrative, Conference Proceedings TASA 2017 Conference, 27-30 November 2017, University of Western Australia, pp. 116-121. ISBN 978-0-6482210-0-5 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Amidst the "alienation and insecurity of the modern, mobile world" (Barry 1999: 98), bushwalking – that Australian take on walking in nature – performs an important function in the establishment of self-identity. There is an understanding that self-identity has important links to sense of place and the environment, and Giddens (1991) suggests that the stability of ‘self-narrative’ is sought in light of a contemporary landscape of insecurity, and changed relationships between humans and the ‘natural’ world. How, then, might a situated activity such as bushwalking function as a means of establishing self-narrative? Drawing on the experiences of a group of Tasmanian bushwalkers, this paper argues that bushwalking has significant implications for the sense of belonging, continuity, and security by informing a stable self-narrative.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Bushwalking, Identity, Tasmania
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Environmental sociology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:Arts not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Banham, R (Miss Rebecca Banham)
ID Code:124507
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-02-23
Last Modified:2019-10-21
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