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Subject/Keyword
commonplace
participatory ecological approach
skill
sustainability
outdoor recreation
phenomenology
outdoor education
adventure
place
canoe
landscape
dwelling
wilderness
travel
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Mullins, Philip Meredith
Supervisor and department
Fox, Karen (Physical Education and Recreation)
Examining committee member and department
Halpenny, Elizabeth (Physical Education and Recreation)
Palmer, Andie Diane (Anthropology)
McDermott, Lisa (Physical Education and Recreation)
Nicol, Robbie (Outdoor Education, University of Edinburgh)
Department
Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation
Specialization

Date accepted
2011-08-26T19:59:35Z
Graduation date
2011-11
Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Degree level
Doctoral
Abstract
In 2005, a group of seven canoeists completed a 100-day canoe trip called Paddling the Big Sky: From the Mountains to the Arctic. The expedition was designed as a commonplace journey through which participants and the researcher questioned and reinterpreted their experience using Ingold’s dwelling perspective. The trip was used to explore ways to move from a dominant wilderness paradigm towards an emerging sustainability paradigm in adventure travel. This dissertation examined observations and participant narratives from journal entries and group discussions to explore engagement with place and issues of sustainability. The literature review established the need to examine skill as contributing to an ecological approach to adventure travel. The commonplace journey, a hermeneutic phenomenological method, was developed to place theory in dialogue with practice. The analysis was presented as three interrelated chapters presented as stand-alone units. Each chapter reviewed specific literature, the methodology, and elements of the theoretical approach before adding to the analysis. Adventure travel was interpreted as (a) reproducing older stories and creating new stories, (b) as a choreographed exercise in place-making for participants to “be-on-trip,” and (c) as part of a path of personal and collective growth for participants. A participatory ecological approach to adventure travel was described based on embodied interactions within one’s active socio-ecological environment. Canoe tripping emerged as a way of being in relation to surrounding elements (i.e., landscape features, environmental flows, and other human and non-human beings) that was enabled by traditions and communities of practice, and which could be modified to engage environments, landscapes, places, and people in pursuit of sustainability.
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English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R31086
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License granted by Philip Mullins (pmullins@ualberta.ca) on 2011-08-25T23:06:39Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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