(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Spaces of play, spaces of responsibility : creating dichotomous geographies of outdoor citizenship

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

BROWN K.M. (1) ;
(1) Social, Economic & Geographical Sciences Group, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, ROYAUME-UNI


Using mountain biking as an example, the paper explores how particular subjectivities become placed in the ‘nature domesticated’ of purpose-built trail centres and displaced from the ‘nature wild’ of mountains in Scotland. Trail centres are positioned as places of play, ignorance and recklessness in which mountain bikers can belong, whilst mountains are constituted as places of responsibility, quiet contemplation and seriousness, in which mountain bikers are out of place. Such spatialisation, setting practices of play and responsibility in opposition to each other, is flagged as problematic in relation to the actualisation of citizenship entitlements, and in turn meeting a range of societal goals for health, wellbeing and ecological knowledges. Despite arguments that play is generative (rather than the ‘other’) of responsibility, there is evidence to suggest that such a dichotomy could become more materially realised, with implications for the ability of citizens to access and share space, and to translate their knowledge and experience from one ‘nature’ to another


Article of periodic

published at : Geoforum / ISSN 0016-7185 / CODEN GFRMAK

Editor : Pergamon Press, Oxford - ROYAUME-UNI (1970)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 55 [pp. 22-32]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : 1 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 15001

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