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ERIC Number: EJ994792
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0840-8114
An Absent Body in a Present Landscape
Marcussen, Jens
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v24 n4 p15-18 Sum 2012
The wilderness expedition experience will always be a confluence of emotional, cognitive and bodily processes. The author wants to show that the body is an important but often forgotten part of the wilderness expedition experience. In society, the focus on the body is often polarised. Sometimes, there is an extreme focus on the thin and fit body as a symbol of success and control, and a symbol of the opposite when the body is fat and unfit. From that perspective, the body becomes an object one can count and measure. On the other hand, bodily work and manual transport have almost disappeared from society. Everyday lives become more and more sedentary and people have lost the ability to sense their own bodies. One can say, then, that the body is often forgotten in everyday life. In this article, the author discusses how embodiment is an important part of the wilderness expedition experience, as well as suggests ways to help participants on such an expedition increase their sense of their own bodies, space and bodily scope and possibilities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada