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ERIC Number: EJ1096890
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1472-9679
Reflections on Outdoor Education and English "Indigenous Organic Fascism" in the 1930s
Cutting, Roger
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, v16 n2 p105-116 2016
The 1930s in England saw the emergence of what has been called an "Indigenous Organic Fascism". This ideology was based on deeply articulated concerns for both the natural environment and a perceived threat to a cultural and spiritual connection to the land. This article reviews these perspectives and explores the ideas of English Fascism for a rural and thereby cultural revival. The article reviews how such environmental concerns became practically expressed in a range of enterprises in outdoor engagement with young people in an attempt to counter the desultory effects of capitalism and urbanisation. Some initiatives were based on summer camps with regular organised activities; others sought to promote deeper, spiritual connections to the natural environment. It is suggested that how such an intolerant and elitist ideology came to see such deep connections to the environment as central to their articulation may be of interest to contemporary practice in outdoor learning and that critical reflection, review and interrogation of some of the terms we use is a way of safeguarding unintentional misinterpretation in uncertain times.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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