Risky bodies in risky spaces: disabled people’s pursuit of outdoor leisure

Burns, N., Watson, N. and Paterson, K. (2013) Risky bodies in risky spaces: disabled people’s pursuit of outdoor leisure. Disability and Society, 108(8), pp. 1059-1073. (doi:10.1080/09687599.2012.749180)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2012.749180

Abstract

Risk is used to deny disabled people access to many parts of mainstream life. Using qualitative data we explore disabled people’s views and experiences of outdoor recreation, bringing together ideas from two areas of sociology – disability studies and risk using the concepts of edgework and psycho-emotional disablism. Many people felt that the outdoors represented a risky environment. For some, risk was one of the main drivers for going out into the countryside; whilst for others, risk was a major cause of their reluctance to venture into the countryside. Engaging in risk both can disable and can challenge disablist views.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Burns, Dr Nicola and Paterson, Dr Kevin and Watson, Professor Nicholas
Authors: Burns, N., Watson, N., and Paterson, K.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Social Scientists working in Health and Wellbeing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
Journal Name:Disability and Society
ISSN:0968-7599
ISSN (Online):1360-0508
Published Online:08 January 2013

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