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Mature girls, squirrelly boys, and “wily” risk; gendered risk in outdoor adventure education

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dc.contributor.author Tilstra, Elisabeth
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-02T18:01:33Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-02T18:01:33Z
dc.date.copyright 2018 en_US
dc.date.issued 2019-01-02
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/10466
dc.description.abstract This thesis critically analyzes how gender intersects with risk processes and practices in outdoor adventure education. I focus on how language, binary logic, and societal norms work together to gender risk and offer three ways that risk may be gendered in the context of youth outdoor adventure education courses with youth. First, I discuss the use of hierarchical language, and the gendering practices of order, labeling, and omission that places girls and girls' needs as external or additional to a “neutral” masculine norm. Next, I analyze how an adherence to a rigid binary in the definition and conceptualization of risk parallels and perpetuates a gender binary that prioritizes masculinity and boys above femininity, girls, and non-binary youth. Third, I consider how societal norms influence stereotypes, assumptions, and expectations that gender risk on courses. I also examine seven situational practices that embody and illustrate gendered risk on outdoor adventure education courses with youth participants: gender as a risk, group composition, risk policies, challenge with non-binary identities, mom/dad instructor roles, hygiene instructional lessons, and transformation stories. In my discussion, I offer suggestions for what this research might practically offer outdoor adventure education and youth programming broadly. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Outdoor adventure education en_US
dc.subject Risk en_US
dc.subject Youth en_US
dc.subject Outdoor adventure en_US
dc.subject Gender en_US
dc.subject outdoor education en_US
dc.title Mature girls, squirrelly boys, and “wily” risk; gendered risk in outdoor adventure education en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Magnuson, Douglas
dc.degree.department School of Child and Youth Care en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US


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