(Re)turning to the Sacred Trails: (Re)storying Connections to More-than-Human Worlds in Outdoor Education

  • Kathryn Riley
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education book series (GED)


The foundational purpose of Australian outdoor education is to explore the three-dimensional relationships between self, others, and the environment. However, implicated within the disciplining narratives of adventure hegemony, the type, depth, and quality of our relationship with the environment can become compromised. Using a political ecology in education approach, with posthumanist and ecofeminist perspectives, this chapter argues for a closer examination, and critique, of the taken-for-granted practices in outdoor education. The author suggests that in calling attention to the constraining hierarchies of discursive practices, there is opportunity for outdoor education to produce the conditions of possibility to include additional ways of knowing, thinking, being, and doing towards a moral inter-dependency and inter-connection with more-than-human worlds.


Outdoor education Political ecology Posthumanism Ecofeminism Adventure hegemony 


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  • Kathryn Riley
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  1. 1.Deakin University AustraliaBurwoodAustralia

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