"The stories that will make a difference aren't the easy ones": outdoor recreation, the wilderness ideal, and complicating settler mobility
In this autoethnography, I read my history of and connection to outdoor culture, with an eye towards interrogating my complicity in historical and ongoing settler-colonial violence that has rendered my love of “the mountains” both possible and ostensibly unproblematic. In so doing, I unsettle (my) understandings of the connections between land, embodiment, masculinities, and able-bodiedness, exploring how settler attachment to the mountains is predicated on, and serves to perpetuate, a(n ongoing) history of land dispossession. I also, however, consider a “different temporal horizon” through a discussion of settler futurity as it relates to outdoor recreation, complicating settler mobility in the process.
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Outdoor culture , Wilderness and nation , Settler colonialism , Land dispossession , Masculinities , Autoethnography , K-Country
Laurendau, J. (2020). "The stories that will make a difference aren't the easy ones": Outdoor recreation, the wilderness ideal, and complicating settler mobility. Sociology of Sport Journal, 3(2), 85-95. https://doi.org/10.1123/ssj.2019-0128