Wellbeing and Self-Transformation in Natural Landscapes

Authors: Crowther, Rebecca

  • Discusses why people from urban environments like visiting natural spaces
  • Explores how and why people perceive the outdoors as positively transformational
  • Provides new methodological frameworks for approaching research in the connection between well being and nature
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This book explores how natural landscapes are linked to positive mental wellbeing. While natural landscapes have long been represented and portrayed as transformative, the link to mental wellbeing is an area that researchers are still aiming to comprehend. Accompanying five groups of people to rural Scotland, the author considers individual, external and group motivations for journeying from urban environments, examining in what ways these excursions are personally and socially transformative. 
Far more than traversing mere physical boundaries, this book illustrates the new challenges, experiences, territories and cultures provided by these excursions, firmly anchored in the Scottish countryside. In doing so, the author questions the extent to which people’s own narratives link to the perception that the outdoors are positively transformative – and what indeed does have the power to influence transformation. 
Grounded in extensive qualitative research, this contemplative and ethnographic book will be of interest and value to students and scholars of the outdoors and its connection to wellbeing. 

About the authors

Rebecca Crowther is a transdisciplinary ethnographic researcher working between, across and beyond disciplines within the arts, humanities and social sciences. Her research interests lie in the phenomenological experience of natural landscapes.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Phenomenon

    Crowther, Rebecca

    Pages 1-48

  • A Transdisciplinary Ethnography

    Crowther, Rebecca

    Pages 49-77

  • Getting Out, Goethe, and Serendipitous Ethnography

    Crowther, Rebecca

    Pages 79-140

  • The Journey, Belonging, and the Self

    Crowther, Rebecca

    Pages 141-183

  • The Liminal Loop

    Crowther, Rebecca

    Pages 185-236

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-97673-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-97672-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Wellbeing and Self-Transformation in Natural Landscapes
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-97673-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-97673-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-97672-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 308
Number of Illustrations and Tables
22 illustrations in colour
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